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Minute representation of American Line of battleship, with explanations

Minute representation of American Line of battleship, with explanations

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Title:
Minute representation of American Line of battleship, with explanations
Description:
Minute representation of American Line of battleship, with explanations. This ship of war has 5 decks namely, from top to the water-line, lettered: S, spar or maindeck; T, berth-deck; U, upper gun-deck; V, lower gun-deck; W, orlop-deck. There are 4 principal masts, numbered fore to aft: 1. bowsprit; 20. foremast; 66. mainmast; and 110. mizzenmast. Each of these supports some extensions. The bowsprit supports: 4, jibboom; and 5, flying jibboom. the mainmast supports: 81, maintop-mast; 91, maintop-gallant-mast; 99, maintop-royal-mast; 104, main-royal-skysail mast; and 107, main truck. Each of the three vertical masts carries four square sails, named from below upward on the mainmast: 69. mainsail; 83. maintop-sail; 93. main top-gallant sail; and 102. main royal-sail. Parallel with the main yard and main top-yard and also with the fore-yard and fore top-yard, is a studding-sail boom, reaching out a little longer for additional side-sails on quiet days. Just aft of each vertical mast is a shorter or longer gaff supported at an angle and fitted with a sail named in order: 63, fore-spencer-sail; 68. main-spencer-sail; and 114. spanker-sail. The bowsprit and its successive booms are supported by a perpendicular (15) martingale and various guys an foot-ropes. The successive triangular sails run up and down on stays, each with its own special name 7. staysail; 8. jib; 10. flying jib. The three vertical masts and their top-masts are supported on each side by the racks of vertical shrouds and their horizontal ratlines. Each square sail is furled on a yard, below which are strung horizontal footropes. Sails are raised or lowered by halyards, and their angle to the wind is controlled by ropes called sheets. The horizontal yards are swung from the masts above by lifts. High up on each top-mast are cross-trees. Each of the higher masts rests on what is called the top of the mast below it and runs through a cap at the real summit of the supporting mast.
Collector:
Cutler, Wolcott, 1891-1965
Name on Item:
By Wade in Gleason's Pictorial . . .
Date:
[ca. 1851–1854]
Format:
Photographs
Genre:
Lantern slides
Location:
Boston Public Library
Charlestown Branch Library
Collection (local):
Charlestown Lantern Slides
Subjects:
Naval yards & naval stations
Battleships
Charlestown Navy Yard (Mass.)
Places:
MassachusettsSuffolk (county)BostonCharlestown
Boston Navy Yard
Extent:
1 photograph : transparency
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Notes (date):
Date from accompanying materials: Before 1925
Date supplied by cataloger.
Notes:
Title from materials accompanying item.
Reverend Wolcott CutlerCutler was rector at St. John’s Church from 1924 to 1959 and most likely assembled this collection during that time.
Identifier:
CHA-121-C1