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Keywords:

  • sail;
  • boltrope;
  • clew;
  • cringle;
  • grommet;
  • iron thimble

A folded sail was found stowed in the hold of the Swedish-registered merchantman Jeanne-Élisabeth, which ran aground off Montpellier in a storm in 1755. Surviving sails from any period are rare. The structure of the recovered portion of sail and its associated cordage is described and discussed in the context of differing traditions and technological evolutions of the period. Recovery, recording and initial conservation techniques are discussed in an appendix.

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