Building the Peregrine Galley: Running Rigging of the Main Mast

Main Course

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Course running rigging, from port side Main
Course running rigging, from aft

Main Jeers

Attached with double jeers, one on each side. A triple block on each side on the yard is connected to a triple block hanging from a pendant from the masthead. These go down through the sheave at the bottom of the jeer bitts and then are belayed to the bitts.

Main
Course jeers

Main Lifts

One on each side. One block near the end of the yard, one block on the mast cap. Rigged with a line from the cap to the yard and then back to the cap and then down to the deck. I belay on the rail basically to either side of the mast.

Main Brace

The run of the mainbrace is simple. A long pendant with a block is attached to the yardarm. The running part starts from the far aft end of the ship below the rail, up to the pendant block, and then back to somewhere near the starting point, going through a sheave in the bulwark and then belayed inboard.

Main Tack

The main tacks go through the chesstrees, which are just holes in the bulwarks abaft the fore channels. I placed there where the foremost of the waist sheaves on the plans are. It is a single line with no funky blocks.

Main Sheets

These start from a ringbolt far aft, up through the block on the clew, then back to a sheave near the starting point.

Main Clewlines

The main clewlines work like the fore clewlines. Start from a position about 1/3 of the way from the side, down to a block on the clew, up to a block by the starting point, over to a block near the center, and then down to the deck, belayed to one of the cleats on the mainmast.

Main Bowlines

The main bowlines run to blocks on the foremast, fairly low, and then immediately down to the forecastle aft rail to be belayed.

Main Leechlines

The main leechlines (two per side) are bound by a single rope leading to a special block with two sheaves in a line (rather than side by side as in a double block), threading through the bottom sheave. The hauling part starts from the main topmast head, down to the top sheave, back up to a block on a short pendant stropped to the main topmast head, then down through the lubber's hole towards the deck. Belay to one of the cleats on the mainmast.

Main Buntlines

There are two on each side, four total. They go from the foot of the sail up to a block on the yard, then up to a block on the trestletree, then down to a shoe block (again, the inner and outer ones are a single line in this manner), then back to the other block on the trestletrees, down to the other block on the yard, then to the other point on the foot. The hauling part starts from the aft rail of the forecastle, up through the other sheave, and then back to the aft forecastle rail. The photo shows the buntlines going up blocks under the trestletrees (it seems like there is only one because at this angle they are in a line), but the shoe block and the hauling part are shown clearly.

Main Topsail

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Topsail running rigging, from aft Main
Topsail running rigging, from front

Main Topsail Halyard

The topsail halyard includes a double block on the yard and two single blocks hanging on very short pendants. On each side, a line starts from the topmast head, down to one sheave of the double block, up tot he single block opposite the starting side, and then down to a tackle set up on the deck. The hauling part is belayed to the rail by the standing part of the tackle.

Main Topsail Lifts

The main topsail lift doubles as the main topgallant sheet. It runs from the clew of the topgallant sail, to a block on the yard, to a block on a pendant from the main topmast head, and then down to the deck. I belay it near the main course lift, on the rail just astride the mast.

Main Topsail Brace

This is more complex. We attach two single blocks on pendants to the mizzen mast just below the crossjack yard, plus the usual blocks on the brace pendant. We start the brace from the pendant attacked to the mizzen, run it to the block on the pendant from the main topsail yard, then back to the block on the pendant attached to the mizzen, and then down. Belay near the second rail stanchion aft of the mainc channels.

Main Topsail Clewline

The clewline runs as usual, from the yard, down to a block ont he clew, up to a block slightly inboard of the starting point, then down to the deck. Belay near the rail stanchion just aft of the main channels.

Main Topsail Sheets

These run to a block on the main yard, to another block closer to the center, and then down. Belay on the main bitts.

Main Topsail Bowlines

The bowline runs to a block on the aft end of the fore top and then down to the rail. Belay to the aft rail of the forecastle.

Main Topsail Buntline

The buntline runs fron the foot of the sail up to a leading block on the yard, up to a pendant stropped on the main topmast head, and then down to the rail aft of the mizzen channels.

Main Topsail Leechline

The leechline is simplified slightly from actual practice; we run the line from the leech up to a leading block on the yard and then directly down to a belaying point on the rail just forward of the aft end of the mizzen channels.

Main Topsail Reef Tackle

The reef tackle works as expected; a line runs from the reef through a sheave on the end of the yard to a block. That block is set up with a tackle (with the other end on a pendant to the main topmast head) and then down to the main top. I belay it to the second main top deadeye.

Main Topgallant

Main
Topgallant running rigging

Main Topgallant Halyard

Runs from the center of the yard through a sheave on the mast, and then down to a tackle set up in the main top. Belay to the tackle.

Main Topgallant Lifts

Runs from the ends of the yard to a pendant from the topgallant masthead and then down to the main top. Belay to an eyebolt at the rear of the main top (it is easiest to fake the eyebolt and take it directly to the end of the main top).

Main Topgallant Braces

The braces are a single line run from the ends of the yards to a block on a very short pendant hanging from the mizzen topmast head and then down to the rail. I belay it near the second-from-aft stanchion on the quarterdeck rail.

Main Topgallant Sheet

Recall that the topsail lift doubles as the topgallant sheet. Attach the loose end now.

Main Topgallant Clewline

The clewline runs from the clew up to a block on the yard and then directly down to the main top. I belay it to the second-from-aft deadeye.

Main Topgallant Bowline

The bowline goes to a block on the main topgallant stay, then to the aftmost fore topmast shroud, and then down to the aft forecastle rail.