|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
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
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.