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1Sending aloft and striking Topgallant masts aboard the full rigged ship BALCLUTHA 1886A Primer on traditional rigging
2Dedicated to Jack Dickerhoff Master Rigger “Dickerhoff was royalty and he knew it for he was recognized as master of a vanishing art. He was a rigger extraordinaire and all about him, ordinary men became obsequious when he spoke. When he cared to expound, there came from his thin lips all the wisdom of a hard-sailing generation at sea”. – Ernest Gann.
4“Traditional” rigging is traditional so you don’t have to make 200 years of mistakes…” Sending spars to deck and swaying them aloft is an evolution that is well within the skill set of anyone who has gone to sea on a square-rigger.The most important aspect of the evolution is to anticipate and to “listen and feel” what the ship is saying.If at anytime the work becomes heavy or the crew is having to overly strain…BELAY and investigate. Remember, sailing ships are machine meant to work with effort; not undue exertion.Many a top rope and mast rope has parted due to “Let’s just add a few more hands to the capstan” mindset
5To strike a Mizzen Topgallant mast to deck Inspect mast rope and safety/preventer lineInspect ALL blocks and slingsInspect ALL deck fittings and belay pointsInspect pawls on capstan for fracturesShift dead end of upper topsail yard tye chain outboard to allow T’gallant heel to clearBrace lower yards sharp up.
6Top Rope dead endTop Rope lead blockTopmast cap stayTop Rope web sling & preventer sling (safety)Stb. Side view fwd.Stb. Side view aft
7Initial Set UpRig Top block and top rope / safety preventerCast off shroudsSlack away stays & backstaysRig heel preventer web sling below gateInspect ALL leads for chafe
8Web sling heel safety /preventer rigged Cast off after initial 3” hoist to remove fid and settle onto top ropeT’gallant mast heelPreventer heel sling
9Always prevent chafe Top rope and lead block to midship capstan Preventer ranged out on deck
10Top rope lead to midship capstan Preventer is tended aft at the stern bitts to afford some protection to crew memberTop rope
11Mast is hoisted 3” to remove fid Be vigilant about the top rope being pinched in the gateRig heave a head and heel tag linesAllow rig to fold upon itself
12Prevent any kinking of shrouds, stays and backstays Tend heave a head and heel tag line to control mastCoil stays and back stays as the turn backs settle to deckNote order of gang and remove rigging eyes – standing weight of wire is held by stoppers placed at spreaders during initial set up.
13When royal hounds are accessible and pole section is still captured in the doubling – rig top rope lizards to prevent the mast from pitch poling as the pole clears the trees.
14Pole section captured by gate. Truck tenonPole section captured by gate.Top rope lizards riggedStays stopped off at trees & spreader
15Guide the spar to deck using the heel and heave a head tag lines. Land heel on plywood/carpet skid or cart to prevent damage to decking or land ashore.Settle onto deck and properly block to prevent introducing a set into the spar.Reeve off Top rope and preventer and strike below – do not leave exposed to weather or UV longer than necessary.
17Swaying aloft a Fore Topgallant Inspect all deck fittings, capstan pawls, etc. as noted on mizzen evolution.Ensure Top rope is lead INSIDE of gate at trees and then rig through heel sheave etc.Rig heave a heads and heel taglines
18Sending mast aloft from the Pier Rig hold backs to heel that will become heel tag linesLift heel with a sling using a basket hitch to fork lift blades –rig hold back from sling to forklift mast.
19Take a light strain and check all gear Top rope lizardsPreventer(safety)Rig lizards with shackle bales on the Top rope not the pin!!! This will prevent the pin from unscrewing itself.
20Hauling round on the capstan Note I am using hand signals to communicate to line handlers
21Lead blocks in use Note wood blocking at boat skid beams to prevent chafe Use 2 points of belay on older historic fittings that may be suspect
22Once mast will clear topgallant rail, slack away and settle mast inboard
30The last 12” is the most dangerous part of the evolution. All the weight of the standing rigging and the mass of the mast is on the top rope!!!That’s over 3,500 lbs. on Balclutha
31Rig the heel preventer before last 6” of hoist to be a safety in case the top rope & safety carry away.
32Haul away until fid hole is 2” above trestle trees and slid the fid home. Settle top rope until fid is taking all the weight.Strike top rope and preventer as soon as possible to avoid undue exposure to elements
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