Terminology from the Age of Sail

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Search result for definition: rigging
Rigging: All the ropes, wires or chains used to support the masts and yards and for hoisting, lowering or trimming sails. Rigging used to support the masts, yards and bowsprit is called the standing rigging. The ropes or lines controlling the sails form the running rigging.

image of rigging

Names of rigging lines
Rigging Nomenclature - English, French, German and Dutch
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