Without any working sails, the Captain and his crewmates would say: Your ship is “dead in the water”.
The sails are a vital element of any ship that uses the wind as its power. The sails drive and propel the ship across the open seas either into the wind (inward), or away from the wind (downward). Before the advancement of technology and computer-aided design (CAD) replaced the skills required of a traditional sail-maker, sail-making was considered an art and sails were crafted by hand.
The sails of the Nonsuch are made of linen, the traditional material that replicates the sails of the original Nonsuch ketch. Sails crafted these days are designed on computers and constructed out of modern synthetic materials, such as Nylon and Dacron, which last longer and are stronger.
Because our sails have been hanging for more than 30 years, and have only been furled (rolled up) for short periods of time, the natural pull of gravity has taken an effect. Ongoing conservation is required to reinforce the sails, preserving their remarkable craftsmanship and artistry. Show your support and love for a lost craft and piece of art history. Donate today and help us preserve these breathtaking sails.
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