From Wikipedia: "Sailors could put their rope skills to work in lifting and hauling, in an era before mechanical haulage and cranes, ropes, pulleys and muscle power was all that was available to move anything."
In our day, riggers work for construction agencies, manufacturing plants, logging yards and the entertainment industry. They work with heavy equipment and machinery. John Dunstone AVERY, whose grandfather was a carpenter/mariner and father was a shipwright, was pensioned off some time between the 1871 and 1881 censuses, and died in a lunatic asylum in 1903 of acute nephritis. I wonder if he had an accident at work? or if he had served long enough to be released from his job? I have looked in Documents Online for his service record, but unfortunately there seem to be rather a lot of John Averys...
Running Rigging of a Merchant Sailing Ship
|.Flying jib-guys. |
. Cross-jack lifts.
Slings of fore-yard.
Slings of main-yard.
Slings of cross jack-yard.
| Mizen-top-sail braces. - |
Fore Royal Lifts.
Fore Royal braces
Fore-top-sail tie and halliards.
- Main-top-sail tie and halliards.
Mizen-top-sail tie and halliards.
| Mizen-gaff peak halliards.|
Mizen-gaff throat halliards.
Mizen-gaff -vang-pendants and falls.
Mizen-gaff signal halliards.
Spanker-boom quarter guys.
taken from The Art of Rigging, 1848