I am after some assistance with standing rigging of crows feet on the Vasa. As we know, for the ships era, crows feet were used to apply tension to stays, backstays and to the aft shrouds of the mainmast. The crows feet use a number of lines (typically 6 or 8), which attach from the stay/shroud, then through a couple of blocks, and then to a straining line which ultimately is directed to the deck for tensioning.
My question is, ‘Where are the straining lines that are attached to crows feet belayed?’ It is not on the rigging or belaying plans, and it would be something a crew would need to adjust while sailing.
Most models I have reviewed appear to belay these lines with belaying pins on the cap rail, but if this was the case, then they should be indicated in the Rigging Plans. Additionally, the majority of crows feet are attached along the ships centreline with the stays or backstays. As such, to be belayed above the bulwarks to belaying pins, the line would have to cross to the outside of the ship, which would pull the stay off centre - that doesn’t sound right. So, my solution would be to have some deck eye bolts near the centreline where they could be secured.