Rigging in the Seventeenth Century Part III

By Alan Moore, published January 1913


At the Naval Exhibition at Earl’s Court, in 1905, a picture dated 1672 showed one reef in the fore, and two in the main topsail, but none in the mizzen topsail. The same state of things is shown in the pictures of the battle of Solebay (1672), published by the Navy Records Society. An etching by R. de Hooghe, of the battle of La Hogue in 1692, at the British Museum, shows one reef in the fore and main topsails, and also what looks like a reef low in the sail about here the belly band would be.

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