Dave Fellingham Posted January 12, 2016 Author Report Share Posted January 12, 2016 (edited) Frankie: Here's a detail from my drawings of USSC of the starboard fore channel with chains and deadeyes. The circled (in green) pair of deadeyes is the one for the Bentink shroud. I don't think a fairlead will be required for the shroud because USSC had very wide channels here and even this far forward the bulwarks still had some tumble home although not much. The tumble home increases going aft at the main mast then transitions closer to vertical at the mizzen channels. The first shroud triple blocks (instead of deadeyes) are circled in blue. The first shroud hinders the yard from rotating around the mast to allow the ship to lie as close to the wind as possible. When the quickly adjustable blocks and lanyard are slacked off on the lee side, that loosened shroud will allow the yard to lie a bit closer to the ship's center line and consequently closer to the wind. I believe this was an American innovation. The three pairs of blocks between the deadeyes are, from the right, the topmast, topgallant mast and royal mast breast backstays You can also see in my drawing the doubled ribs each 11.5 inches / 29.2 cm (23 inches / 58.4 cm total). The doubled ribs are spaced at 25.75 inch / 65.4 cm with a gap between of only 2.75 inches / 7 cm. Constitution's hull framing was 90% solid live oak with white oak planking inside and out for a total of 22 inches thickness at the main wale just below the gun deck ports. No wonder the shot just bounced off. This spacing of the ribs was very unusual for the period, even the venerable 100 gun first rate, HMS Victory, had greater spacing between the ribs than "Old Ironsides". Edited January 12, 2016 by Dave Fellingham JerseyCity Frankie, Chasseur, JesseLee and 1 other 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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