Pic 69:    This picture is priceless. It shows what I have never quite found anywhere: namely, how the shrouds are fitted around the mast and how the stay loops over them. It is my personal equivalent of the discovery of the DNA double helix! By thoroughly reading an excellent book, 'The Period Ship Handbook 2' by Keith Julier, and squinting at the black and white photos in the instruction book, the answer suddenly snapped into place. Just like DNA, it was simple, obvious, overcame all the problems and perfectly explained every picture. The shrouds are fixed in pairs, looping around the mast and tied together under the platform with more whipping. Alternate from side to side, so as not to pull the mast over, and loop the stay over when all the shrouds are fixed. Genius.

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