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    Massachusetts schooners, 1750s
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2008 Dec 21, 17:17 -0000

    I wonder if any Navlist member knows about this, or knows where I can find
    information. It's not really a navigational question, though.
    It relates to the years when James Cook was surveying Newfoundland, in 1763
    to 1767, before he became famous.
    In 1763, the British Admiralty bought a schooner for the purpose, which they
    named "Grenville". John Robson's website, at
    http://pages.quicksilver.net.nz/jcr/ships , tells me that she was originally
    the "Sally", which had been built in 1754 in Massachusetts. She was 55 feet,
    69 tons. Apparently, the Admiralty thought it a useful design, because
    several similar vessels were purchased around that time.
    Cook made Atlantic passages back to England for each Winter, regular as
    clockwork. It's those passages I am taking an interest in, rather than the
    survey work itself.
    I would like to discover a bit more about those schooners, particularly
    their rig. It would be interesting to discover how the mainmast was
    supported from forwards: whether it had a mainstay coming down to deck level
    near the foot of the foremast. And if so, how clashes were avoided with the
    gaff foresail, whether  it was loose-footed or was stretched by a boom. I
    wonder if that information exists.
    Cook didn't retain that rig for long, because on her first winter in London,
    Grenville was rerigged as a brig.
    Sally, a schooner, may perhaps have hailed from Marblehead,  but I would
    like to emphasise that am NOT seeking information about the famous
    Marblehead schooner yachts of a much later era, beautiful objects though
    those rich man't playthings may have been. It's the trading / fishing
    vessels, the working craft of the mid 18th century, that I'm following up.
    contact George Huxtable, at  george@hux.me.uk
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
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