Down – Rigging in Low Temperatures

This past week or so we have been removing the upper rigging from the ship. Naturally, the temperatures around here have plunged into the 20’s and with a wind chill in the teens. It might be an over statement to say that we have been enjoying learning what 17th century sailors went through sailing onto the New England coast in late November and early December. At least, when we are done, we can reflect on our experiences from the comfort of the couch in our own centrally heated homes. Perhaps the cold and crowded forecastle offered its own sense of comfort for the long suffering sailors of 1620 after a long day of just trying to survive the weather. Hmm…

On the main cap in the main top.

On the main cap in the main top.

Andrew, Tom Bott and I are just about finished sending down rigging to the crew on the deck in the above shot. The main top mast has been lowered down so that we can reach the rigging that hangs on its top. There were shrouds, backstays, a head stay, a mizzen lift, a flag staff, a flagstaff cap, cross trees, and various fids, eyebolts, and blocks to remove.  Heavy stuff.

Pausing for a chance to stretch my back.

Pausing for a chance to stretch my back.

A view of the ship in its winter plumage.

A view of the ship in its winter plumage.

 

The sharp eyed observer will note John Lebica on the half-deck handling the gantline with which the individual pieces of rigging is lowered. I am sure he is wishing we are still tarring the rigging, not only  because he “likes” tarring but because then the weather would be much warmer.

Rigging on dock, in the capable hands of Dick Beane.

Rigging on dock, in the capable hands of Dick Beane.

The same sharp eyed observer will notice Don Heminitz in the back ground of this shot. He is an interpreter during the season, this year playing the role of the shallop master. irking with us over the winter he is getting a chance to learn in a hands-on way the meaning of all the rigging terms he uses in the course of a season. Have I mentioned it was cold this week?

Thanks to Edye Rogers, our two day a week security person, occasional soap bubble generator and full time swell gal, for taking these pictures.

 

 

 

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