La Belle: rigging in the days of the spritsail topmast, a reconstruction of a seventeenth-century ship's rig

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Title: La Belle: rigging in the days of the spritsail topmast, a reconstruction of a seventeenth-century ship's rig
Author: Corder, Catharine Leigh Inbody
Abstract: La Belle's rigging assemblage has provided a rare and valuable source of knowledge of 17th -century rigging in general and in particular , French and small -ship rigging characteristics . With over 400 individual items including nearly 160 wood and iron artifacts , this assemblage stands out as one of the most substantial and varied among all available rigging assemblages and currently is the only assemblage of 17th -century French rigging published . Furthermore , French rigging in general has not been as well defined as English rigging , nor has the 17th century been as well researched as the 18th . As such , La Belle's rigging assemblage has provided a valuable source of knowledge whose research will hopefully provide a valuable foundation on which future studies can be built . Specifically , this project has attempted to catalogue these artifacts and reconstruct a plausible 17th -century French rig . This project has further attempted to define the differences between the better known English rigging features and those more characteristic of the French and Dutch . The reconstruction is based on the specific details derived from La Belle's artifacts as well as contemporary French and other continental sources such as rigging assemblages , ship models , treatises , and nautical dictionaries . Together , these have suggested that La Belle probably carried a relatively simple rig with decidedly seventeenth -century characteristics and a Dutch influence .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /85779
Date: 2008-10-10

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La Belle: rigging in the days of the spritsail topmast, a reconstruction of a seventeenth-century ship's rig. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /85779 .

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