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    Default Admiralty / other, block info needed.

    I've been trying to find a link to Admiralty information on rigging blocks. Some were posted here a few years ago, sowing a myriad of block types, nomenclature for parts (swallow, throat etc), load vs cordage diameter etc. I'm looking for technical information on traditional pulley blocks, not modern gear, but my googlefu has been weak...

    Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

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    That's a great tip Jim, thanks. Another one for the library.

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    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: Admiralty / other, block info needed.

    Thanks Nick, I'm a regular on Murrays content. Sadly he no longer runs Classic Marine chandlery.

    Wasn't there a portal to old school rigging, like original Admiralty drawings made digital somewhere?

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    Default Re: Admiralty / other, block info needed.

    Quote Originally Posted by lupussonic View Post
    Thanks Nick, I'm a regular on Murrays content. Sadly he no longer runs Classic Marine chandlery.

    Wasn't there a portal to old school rigging, like original Admiralty drawings made digital somewhere?
    Possibly this? I do seem to remember someone posting it on here. http://www.pbenyon.plus.com/B_S_M/Contents.html

    Then there is also this http://docshare01.docshare.tips/file.../169346195.pdf
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    Default Re: Admiralty / other, block info needed.

    John Harland’s “Seamanship in the Age of Sail”, the chapter on “Practical Marlinespike Seamanship” in Ashley and a pre-WW2 edition of the Admiralty Manual of Seamanship are all good.
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    Thank you both.

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    IF you can find a copy, Todd and Whall's "Practical Seamanship for the Merchant Service", published in 1898, is an absolute gem.

    Particularly if you need to cat and fish an anchor on a windjammer, but also good on blocks.
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