Mark P Posted November 2, 2014 Share #1 Posted November 2, 2014 Greetings Fellow Modellers! Does anyone out there have knowledge of the introduction of royal yards and sails in the Royal Navy? The 'Sovereign of the Seas' had them in 1637, but she was an early exception. James Lees, in his 'Masting & Rigging' says that they were introduced for the fore and main masts in 1779, then states that the general introduction of royals on all masts was in 1790. I am researching at the moment, prior to scratch-building a model of 'HMS Tremendous' a 74-gun ship launched in 1784. This falls between the two dates cited by Lees, so presumably she would have royals on the fore and main masts; the problem is that Lees is not specific in saying which classes of vessel had royals from 1779; maybe it was only first and second rates? If royals were fitted on the fore and main masts of all ships from 1779, why would they then need to be 'generally introduced' at a later date? They would only then need to be added to the mizzen mast if already present on the other masts. Can anyone point me to examples of usage or relevant texts in the period between these two dates. Steel is too late. Many thanks for any suggestions/pointers Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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