In the light baffling airs the schooner had been tacking about a great deal, at which times the sails pass from one side to the other and a man is sent aloft to shift over the fore- gaff-topsail. In some way, when Harrison was aloft, the sheet jammed in the block through which it runs at the end of the gaff.
Let me pause for a minute to look out over the sea sparkling in the sun, or to gaze at a sailor going aloft to the gaff-topsails, or running out the bowsprit, and I am sure to hear the hateful voice, "'Ere, you, 'Ump, no sodgerin'.
, in sailing terminology, refers to an arrangement of sails in which a triangular top sheet flies above the pole, or gaff, at the top of a four-cornered main sail--but we digress.
The ship boasts three masts over 35 metres tall; 1000 squared metres of sail plan, with 15 sails of various types (square sails, mainsails, gaff-topsail
, staysails, jibs), which span three decks.
Other visitors for the festival include Bessie Ellen, one of the last West Country trading ketches, the luxurious gaff-topsail
schooner JR Tolkien, plus Mercedes, Phoenix and Ruth.
The impressive ship has three masts over 35 metres tall; 1000 sq metres of sail plan, with 15 sails of various types (square sails, mainsails, gaff-topsail
, staysails, jibs), spanning three decks.