roach101761 Posted August 28, 2014 Share #1 Posted August 28, 2014 (edited) My query is how a top mast is fitted or set to the lower mast in schooners or other craft when the masts or mast are set at an extreme raking angle. Baltimore clippers, Virginia pilot type vessels and the Bermuda sloop are my concern here. In a vessel in which the masts are not set at an angle, I can find pictures, drawings and diagrams galore as to how the top mast is set or fitted. The topmast generally passes between the trestle trees and hounds(a trestle tree and hound each on port and starboard) and through the cross trees(one each fore and aft). The fid is inserted through the topmast. The fid rests on the trestle trees thus taking the weight of the top mast. In this regular setting the trestle trees and cross trees are parallel to the water line. The problem with the fitting or setting of the topmast on raking mast is as follows. 1. The trestle trees are set parallel to the water line. To achieve this the hounds to support them are cut at an angle. Thus the trestle trees will be parallel to the water line but set at an angle to the mast(not perpendicular to the mast). 2. In many of the plans I have reviewed, including the AL kit Dallas and Model Shipways Pride of Baltimore, the trestle trees and cross trees are parallel to the water line but set at an angle to the mast. The top mast just appears to be sitting on top of the trestle trees and cross trees with NO PASS through. The top mast does not appear to be locked in place. However, in the plans to Corel's Ranger, the trestle trees and Cross trees are set perpendicular to the mast and at an angle to the water line. 3. In the majority of Chapelle's plans he shows them parallel to the water line, however, in some plans he shows the trestle trees and cross trees perpendicular to the mast so that the trestle trees and cross trees are set at an angle to the water line. For his drawings of the Bermuda Sloop he showed it both ways. Go figure. 4. Clay Feldman in his Virginia sloop book sets the hounds, trestle trees, and cross trees perpendicular to the mast and at an angle to the water line. My questions are.... A. If the trestle trees are set parallel to the water line, logic may dictate that that the trestle trees should be notched in such a way to receive the cross trees so that flat faces of the cross trees between the trestle trees are perpindicular to the lower mast so that the top mast can pass between and be locked into place without cutting and making an odd shape out of the foot of the topmast to make it fit between the cross trees. Is this correct? B. If trestle trees and cross trees are set in the regular manner how does the top mast pass through to be locked into place? C. In short what is the actual practice? Has anyone had the opportunity to examine the fitting of the topmasts on Pride II or on any other sailing topmast schooner or Bermuda sloop? Phil Roach NRG Director President, Southwest Florida Ship Modeler's Guild. Edited August 30, 2014 by roach101761 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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