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Old 26 September 2014, 03:46 PM
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A 74-gun would be a ship of the line, not a frigate. And no need to limit the story to a 74-gunner, anything "ship-rigged" had three masts so any frigate or ship of the line would count. Also, there are no ropes on a sailing ship, they are lines, rigging, or halyards. And even in the grosses of definitions, there would be more than 9 sets of standing rigging on a 3 masted ship. Each mast would have a forestay (to the front), a backstay (to the rear) and two sets of shrouds (sides). Even counting the backstay of a mast as the forestay of the one behind it results in 10 stays.

But the biggest issue with that story is that a yard is the spar standing sideways from the mast that a square sails hangs upon, it is not a stay.

ETA: There may be ships that have 9 yards (IE, 9 square sails), but that doesn't seem to be common. Most three-masted vessels of the era would have at least 12 yards, and the brigs probably would have 6 or 8 yards.

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