Rigging, canvas, sailboat, traditional sailing boat
Since the spar loft and rigging loft where on different sides of the same space, it was a battle to keep the grit and dirt off the newly made rigging. One of the methods we used was to wrap all the service in butcher paper to keep the grit off .
The sun worked upon the surface of the water, doing wonderful things to its color, rising new mists, dissolving others, sending exquisite patterns of shadow among the taut lines of the rigging and the pure curves of the sails and down to the white deck. (Master Commander, p. 362 - ) Patrick OBrian - author extraordinaire.
Additional steel plating was added where it was thin and wasted away. The area at the mast partners is subject to tremendous loading due to the weight of the tophamper (all the spars and wire) and needs to be very strong. Even though the ship is not sailing, the wind loading in all of her rigging can generate severe forces and loads on all the fittings.