Rigging Resource Available Online

"The Elements and Practice of Rigging And Seamanship"

I was looking forward to beginning the rigging for my HMS Beagle and came across a timely posting in the HMS Victory Forum about a fabulous resource.

The online copy of The Elements and Practice of Rigging And Seamanship, 1794, by David Steel is hosted by the Historic Naval Ships Association at their

The book of 420-pages including engravings was rekeyboarded to present a digitized document complete with the engravings which were reproduced by photographing them for use in the digitized version.

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Steel's book is a priceless resource for period ship modelers and can be accessed at: http://hnsa.org/doc/steel/index.htm . In keeping with its role as an historical repository, the HNSA also provides a number of links to several declassified Naval documents now online.

They can provide you with solid references to what life aboard ship was and is like. If your interest lies in Naval history then and now, this resource, at the Naval Department Library can be helpful to have on hand.

One document here I found fascinating is "A Narrative of Joshua Davis an American citizen pressed into naval service in the British Navy".

The Navy's Library has several; documents online at their website; http://www.history.navy.mil/library/. Both are worthy of a spot in your favorites listings.

Another resource that can help your ship model rigging is practice. Practice maneauvering in tight places.

Try your hand at The Lattice Drill.

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