Workshop on the Water is all about rigging whaleboats these days, as we hurry to complete rigging for the two boats before they head to Mystic Seaport for the Charles W. Morgan launch on July 21. We have completed nearly all the spars -- two masts, two gaffs, and one boom are ready to go. One set of shrouds has been completed, and Jeff spent much of the day working on the second set. The last spar, a boom, has been planed to 16 sides and is ready for final planing and sanding. The amount of labor involved is daunting, but little by little, the "to do" pile grows smaller, and the "done" pile grows larger. We'll make it. We always do.
|Jaws are fitted to a boom prior to riveting|
|The first boom is finished and oiled. It is good to go.|
|The second boom, planed to 8 sides, is lined out for 16 side planing.|
Jeff set up his rigging station near the visitor gallery in the workshop, and demonstrated the various steps needed to prepare traditional rigging to fascinated adults and kids. While the skills involved in worming, parceling, and serving rope are not especially difficult to master, there are just not that many occasions in modern life when one is called upon to exercise them. Therefore, it is always fun when an opportunity for marlinspike seamanship does arise. The whaleboats give us an opportunity to go "all the way" since the rope is hemp, and the wrapping materials are all natural, including the tar.
|Jeff works on the splice where the shroud attaches to the top of the mast.|
|Jeff demonstrates parceling for Julio. Perhaps the next generation rigger?|
|A coating of tar holds the parceling fabric in place.|
|Jeff works his ancient serving tool "against the lay"|
|A pretty good job.|
|A finished shroud.|
|Julio works on filling some holes in Whitehall floorboards.|