|A photo essay of the rigging restoration of the 3 masted Barque Glenlee.
While the rigging gang was making up all the new wire, the shipwrights and ship
fitters were completing the deck houses and laying a new deck.
Additional steel plating was added where it was thin and wasted away. The area at the mast partners is subject to
tremendous loading due to the weight of the tophamper (all the spars and wire) and needs to be very strong. Even
though the ship is not sailing, the wind loading in all of her rigging can generate severe forces and loads on all the
Scaffolding was erected to work on the
bowsprit and headgear when it was finally
One of the many interesting
challenges of the rig design was
duplicating the angle of the chain
plates. The chain plates have 2
angles - the rake aft and the pitch
inboard. The higher aloft in the rig
the wire ranges the less it is raked
aft and pitched inboard. The chain
plates for the topgallant backstays
are raked less than th topmast
backstay chain plates.
Example of a
The original chainplates were cut off by
the Spanish, leaving only a little stub,
barely enough to weld to.
Foc's'le head decking with nibbed ends.
The decking is an African hardwood called
Repaired foremast step. The step is a very
strong riveted structure that rests on top of
the keel and is subjected to tremendous
compression loads due to the weight of the
masts, yards, wire, and dynamic loads of
the bottlescrew tension.
Lower hold view during jack hammering
out the old concrete ballast in the frame
Fitting the new deck houses on deck
Caulking the steel plate lands on the deck house.
Fabricating new deck houses using
traditional riveting techniques. Several old
time riveters from Along the Clyde were
called out of retirement to rivet the houses.
The Song of the Clyde as the staccato of
the riveting hammer was called.
The new riveted steel deck houses looking from below decks.