National Geographic : 1949 Jan
Uil)ert .Mt n\-lll Urosvcnor On a Calm Atlantic a Crewman Rowed Ahead and Pictured Yankee in Full Dress The brigantine has a wardrobe of 15 sails but, like a modest lady with her jewels, never wears all at once. Here a nylon stunsail billows out (upper left). When a second stunsail is used, it is set directly below the upper one (page 12). Skipper Johnson, devising these sails from old paintings, decided the artists' balanced spread of canvas was as impractical as it was beautiful. Stunsails spread to leeward, he found, were blanketed by the other sails and would not draw well. They were not too sure how to "rattle down," as square-rigger sailors called rigging ratlines. An English yachting friend, thumbing through a seaman's manual, learned they should be seized to the shrouds 14 inches apart. Having come to the rescue, he led the young Ameri cans in a rigging race to the top of the mast. Ship Gets Stuck in Tiny Dry Dock More heavy fittings arrived. We had just dumped 2 2 tons of batteries on the forward deck when word came that we had to leave dry dock on the next tide or be locked in two weeks more. High tide flooded the dock, but Yankee, loaded now, remained stuck on the blocks, her stern alone barely floating. "Rush the batteries aft!" we shouted. In a twinkling the crew changed the ship's center of balance. She floated out, a fraction of an inch to spare. Towed into Brixham harbor, she let go her 900-pound German anchor. Residents and tourists alike gathered to see us install the 800-pound deep freeze and food. Now the ship, all white except a bright red boot top, looked grand. Clipper bow, white masts, and varnished yards gleamed.