Lines, Sails and Spars

RiggingRigging refers to the cordage (ropes or lines) as well as the sails and spars (masts and yards) on a ship like this one, the USS Constitution. Launched in 1797, Old Ironsides is the oldest commissioned warship in the U.S. Navy, a living reminder of the days of wooden ships and iron men. And yes, the U.S. Navy keeps her seaworthy. I snapped this photo last July, drawn to the view of the ship’s lines in the diffuse light overhead on a cloudy Boston morning.

— wbc


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