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Working on the Widowmaker by TonyCrehan

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Crew members of the 19th century barque “James Craig” removing the headsails from their stowage and preparing the rigging.

On a large tall ship like this the bowsprit is a considerable length and has several forestays attached. When not in use the headsails are stowed by being tied onto the bowsprit. The crew must then work out on the bowsprit to stow or prepare the sails.

To minimise the risk of the bowsprit (and any crew working on it) being buried in large waves, the bowsprit is normally angled upwards from the horizontal.

The bowsprit has an ominous nickname “widowmaker”; maintaining the headsails upon the bowsprit was very dangerous business, especially on rough or stormy seas.
(Source: Wikipedia)

Featured 03/15/11 in Colour Me Nothing http://www.redbubble.com/groups/colour-me-nothing Group

Featured 03/27/11 in Hobart Tasmania http://www.redbubble.com/groups/hobart-tasmania Group

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Taken with Panasonic Lumic DMC-FH1 point & shoot at Hobart, Tasmania on 18 February 2011.

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Comments

  • dedmanshootn
    dedmanshootnalmost 4 years ago

    fine shot and very interesting info

  • Thanks Dave. Appreciate your comment. Tony

    – TonyCrehan

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenalmost 4 years ago

    Nice work Tony.

  • Thanks Wazza.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Derwent-01
    Derwent-01almost 4 years ago

    She’s a ripper of a ship, isn’t she!
    Nice shot!

  • She’s a beauty Greg. Thanks for your comment.

    – TonyCrehan

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyalmost 4 years ago

    Nice one Tony – really like this !!

  • Thanks Gail. I missed the action shots of the Parade of Sail on the Saturday, so I was pleased to get a shot of the crew working on her at least.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Judi Rustage
    Judi Rustagealmost 4 years ago

  • Great thrill for me to have this shot featured. Thanks Judi.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesalmost 4 years ago

  • Thanks Rene

    – TonyCrehan

  • Judi Rustage
    Judi Rustageover 3 years ago

  • Thanks for the great news Judi. Congrats to the winner and other top tens. Tony:)

    – TonyCrehan

  • Derwent-01
    Derwent-01over 3 years ago

  • paradox0076
    paradox0076about 3 years ago

    Awesome work,Your Host Steve

  • Thanks for the great news Steve.

    – TonyCrehan

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 3 years ago

    Excellent capture and description

  • Thanks Kala.

    – TonyCrehan

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