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THE BLOCK MAKER

A block is mechanical contrivance consisting of one or more grooved Pulleys mounted in a casting or shell fitted with a hook, Eye or strap by which it may be attached.

Blocks are used for transmitting power or changing the direction of Motion by means of a rope passing around the moveable pulleys. Many of the blocks used onboard ships are named after the ropes rove through them.

The following list is a block-maker’s survey of all the blocks needed For the rigging of a 3-masted schooner.

 

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