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236Re: Rope and rigging thicknesses

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  • Mike Wignall
    Mar 23, 2006

      Your question does not have a simple answer! There are dozens of
      different sets of standing and running rigging. Some are natural
      fibre - others flexible steel wire rope.

      However, on working thro' the following:

      BAGSHAW, Captain Harry, "Re-fit: Unrigging And Rigging Thames
      Spritsail Coasting Barge Scone", privately published, n.d. [2002].
      Harry Bagshaw recounted the work of refitting his barge in 1925 to
      his son Arthur many years later.

      I've extracted the following main items of rigging info from various
      parts of the book:

      1. shroud lanyards - 3in. hemp
      2. ratlines - 1in. hemp
      3. mizzen rigging [unspecified] - 1in. hemp
      4. bowsprit rigging [unspecified]- 1in. hemp
      5. barge boat davit falls - 2in. rope
      6. stanliff - 1.75in. steel wire rope
      7. fall of stanliff tackle - 1.75in. rope
      8. mizzen mast forestay - 1.75in. steel wire rope
      9. mizzen mast runners - 1.75in. steel wire rope
      9. mizzen sail brails - 2in. rope unspecified
      10. running part of mizzen halyards - 1.75in. rope
      11. mizzen sprit signal halyard - 0.75in. rope
      12. mizzen sail peak line - 2in. rope
      13. mizzen sail sheet - 2in. rope
      14. mainsheet & jib sheet - 3in. rope
      15. vang falls & topsail sheet - 2.75in rope
      16. runner falls, foresail & staysail halyards - 2.5in. rope
      17. rolling vang falls & staysail sheet - 2.5in. rope
      18. topsail clewlines - 2in. rope
      19. mizzen brails - 2in. rope
      20. foresail hauldown - 2in. rope
      21. fore tack, topsail tack, jib & staysail halyards - 1.75in.
      22. lanyard for draw bucket - 1.75in. rope
      23. crosstree halyards & downhauls - 1in. hemp rope
      24. standing backstays - 2in. steel wire rope
      25. running backstays - 1.75in steel wire rope
      26. topmast stay - 1.75in. steel wire rope
      27. topmast stay & fore tack tackles - 1.75in. rope
      28. footropes on bowsprit - 2in. hemp rope
      29. barge boat's painter - 3in. bass rope
      30. lead line - 1in. "water-laid" rope [whatever that is/was!]*
      31. "working ropes" stowed on fore hatch cover: 1 x 2in. cotton line
      x 120fm, 1 x 2in. manilla check rope x 30fm., 1 x 9in. tow rope x
      30fm., 2 x 6in. bass ropes x 30fm.
      32. "working ropes" stowed on after hatch cover: 2 x 6in. bass plus 1
      x 3in. manilla x ??? fm., 1 x 2in. mooring wire x 30 fm., 4 x ?in.
      springs x 5 fm.

      Note: where "rope" is unspecified it was probably manilla.

      You really need this book. It's a bible of barge un-rigging and re-
      rigging with dozens of sketches and 184 pp. It's heavy. It is
      distributed by John Beaumont [publisher], The Cottage, Braces Quay,
      Dock Lane, BEAULIEU, Hampshire, SO42 7YJ, UK

      HTH, Regards, Mike

      * BGO - non-stretch/non-shrink qualities - otherwise lead line

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