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Derigging of the Ship

During the next week or two the ship is derigged and stripped of gear. In addition, this year the bowsprit, main boom and both masts are coming out of the ship. The masts were last stepped in 1994 when the foremast came aboard new.

Captain: Gregg Swanzey

The heel of the fore top mast has a fid through the mast to keep it aloft along with the gate (you can see it in the open position) to retain the mast.

The topmast telescopes down toward the deck along the forward side of the mast.

The shps rigging is worm, parcelled and served and then slushed to protect it.

Dollies that can handle 8,000 pounds are prepaired to move the masts that are coming off this year.

Derigging involves pulling all sails and lines off the ship.

The foresail boom goes off the ship.

A crane is used to offload the anchors.

The bowsprit is removed from the ship using the crane from N. C. Hudon, Inc. in New Bedford.

We would like to thank Lotus and IBM for donation of software, hardware and funding to enable regular electronic updates from the ship.

NOAA Chart is provided courtesy of Maptech using Cruising Navigator 4.3 and grabbing the image using Grabit Pro 6.02.

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Copyright 1997-2002
Schooner Ernestina
89 North Water Street, P.O. Box 2010, New Bedford, MA 02741-2010
phone 508.992.4900 -- fax 508.984.7719

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