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Mast Hoops


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I'm presently building my latest ship, the Benjamin Latham fishing schooner from Model Shipways and have a question about mast hoops.  Were they painted and if so what color? Also, if I decide to add sails to the ship how were they attached to the mast hoops.

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I believe they were also tarred so they would slip easily on the mast. In MSW 1.0 there was a discussion about this. There was also several suggestions on how to make them. For my Bluenose I stitched them to the bolt rope. I also stained them a very dark walnut stain.

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Although they are in black & white almost every picture I have seen from that period shows the hoops as lighter than the masts. The masts were pine and spruce treated with oil. So it was lighter than that. I too have read thant they were of ash which is a pale wood

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