Functional 17th century rigging - Vasa (1628)

In the spring of 2009, the Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation was pleased to welcome Dr. Fred Hocker and Olof Pipping, respectively the director and rigging expert of the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, Sweden for a special seminar on the rig of the Swedish warship Vasa (1628).

Prior to their visit, Pipping sent plans for a 1:10 scale model of Vasa's upper decks, masts, spars, sails, and rigging which Glenn Grieco constructed at the Ship Model Laboratory and assembled at the Riverside campus Conservation Research Laboratory. Dr. Kevin Crisman's class on Rigging and Outfitting and other students, staff and faculty of the Nautical Archaeology Proram then had the opportunity to completely rig the model using scaled versions of the lines the actual sailors would have had to use to perform the same tasks on the original ship.

The following images show the model being rigged:

Dr. Fred Hocker directing students in how to raise the main topmast.


NAP students Brad Krueger, Carlos Cabrera, Kelby Rose and Heather Jones lifting the mainmast cap.


Michael Jones adjusting the main topsail.


Knighthead and halyard.


NAP students Veronica Morriss, William Moser, Kelby Rose, Bradley Krueger, Lindsey Thomas, and Rebecca Ingram adjusting the rig.

Main topmast passing through the top.


Olof Pipping and Dr. Fred Hocker supervising the hoisting of the main topsail yard.


Main topsail yard hoisted; preparing to hoist the main yard.


Mainmast top

From bow

View from bow

From bow

View from stern

Olof Pipping
Vasa Museum rigging expert Olof Pipping

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