The Men of War of 1725 Part II Their Rigging

By Admiral G.A.Ballard, published September 1911


The second of a series of articles on the 1725 Men of War. This is a technical article that looks at how the ships were rigged and discusses how the 1725 arrangement had developed from earlier configurations. The author stresses that his observations are derived from private sources and asks members if they can add anything to his descriptions. At the date in question jibs hardly existed, and the head gear was very scanty in consequence. There was only one bobstay, and one bowsprit shroud each side. The jib boom was almost a naked spar, as neither martingale, jib-guy nor jib stay were fitted. The fore topgallant stay was taken down to the jib boom end, however, and there set up with a lanyard.

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Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

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