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The rigors of rigging at Mystic Seaport

Published December 19. 2013 4:00AM
Sean D. Elliot/The Day
Riggers Matt Otto, left, and Alex Peacock install the futtock band on the foremast of the whaleship Charles W. Morgan Wednesday at Mystic Seaport's H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. Futtocks are metal rods that are part of the shroud, or rigging, that supports the masts and yards. The Morgan, the last remaining wooden whaling ship and the oldest American commercial vessel still in existence, as well as a National Historic Landmark, was relaunched on July 21 and is scheduled to embark on its 38th voyage, a tour of historic New England ports, in the summer of 2014.

Riggers Matt Otto, left, and Alex Peacock install the futtock band on the foremast of the whaleship Charles W. Morgan Wednesday at Mystic Seaport's H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. Futtocks are metal rods that are part of the shroud, or rigging, that supports the masts and yards. The Morgan, the last remaining wooden whaling ship and the oldest American commercial vessel still in existence, as well as a National Historic Landmark, was relaunched on July 21 and is scheduled to embark on its 38th voyage, a tour of historic New England ports, in the summer of 2014.

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