Rigging in the Seventeenth Century Part IV
The article describes the arrangement of and developments in rigging for the Spritsail and Lower Yards and Courses on various types of vessels over the course of the Seventeenth Century. The author draws on a number of contemporary sources in setting out the organisation of the rigging and the terminology then in use. In particular, developments in the use of buntlines and martnetts are highlighted. This is the first half of a two-part article that describes “Running Rigging” with two pages giving details of “Spritsail Gear” – including two line diagrams – and five pages on “Gear of the Lower Yards and Courses”.