National Geographic : 1957 Nov
© National Geographic Society 4 Catfooted Sailors Race to the Foretop Unfamiliar rigging baffled us at first, but eventually we learned how to handle all our 300-odd items; we had to. Here two hands scramble aloft to shake out the furled fore-topsail. They go the sailor's way: up the ratlines and over the side of the top. Huge dead eyes and lanyards at lower left help stay the mainmast. Alan Villiers + Morning Watch Swabs the Quarter-deck Brixham folk gave us the ship's bell, cast in 1638. + Graham Nunn, English cabin boy, cancels some of our 140,000 pieces of commemorative mail. He works on the forecastlehead. The spritsail's starboard lifts, braces, clew line, and other gear hang neatly coiled on their pins, each in its place.