A tradesman that performs rigging work.

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CORDAGE

Ropes in the rigging of a ship

A & A'S

Alterations and additions to the structure, rigging and equipment of a warship.

CHAIN-SHOT

Cannon balls linked with chain used to damage rigging and masts.

RIGGING

The system of masts and lines on ships and other sailing vessels.

GRAPESHOT

Small balls of lead fired from a cannon, analogous to shotgun shot but on a larger scale. Similar to canister shot but with larger individual shot. Used to injure personnel and damage rigging more than to cause structural damage.

ALOFT

In the rigging of a sailing ship. Above the ship's uppermost solid structure.

BARBER HAULER

A technique of temporarily rigging sailboat lazy sheet allowing the boat to sail closer to the wind. i.e. Using the lazy jib sheet to pull the jib closer to the mid line, allowing a point of sail that would otherwise not be achievable.

RUNNING RIGGING

Rigging used to manipulate sails, spars, etc. in order to control the movement of the ship.

TOPPING LIFT

A line which is part of the rigging on a sailing boat; it applies upward force on a spar or boom. The most common topping lift on a modern sailing boat is attached to the boom.

BACKSTAYS

Rigging supports from the masthead to reduce forward bending when the force of the wind is from astern.

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