Need some advice. Starting to attach the foremast shrouds before locating the lower platform. But looking at a rigging book I noticed these Burton Pendants. Did a Google searches and it seems that they were also on some 16th century. ships.
Any help would be appreciated regarding adding these to this Vasa build. All of the rigging plans that I have for the Vasa don't seem to include any of these lines.
We don't have any direct evidence for burton pendants one way or the other, but we do probably have mast tackles (a 17th-century item that served the same purpose as burtons). These consist of a fiddle block on a long pendant, usually rigged as a pair on each side on the fore and mainmasts. The pendant rope is the same size as the shrouds, and made up the same way. These are looped over the masthead before the shrouds, and so form the first two tiers on the bolster.
Most of the early 17th-century rigging inventories I have read list mast tackles rather than burtons, but some list both!