The commanding officer of HMS Victory demonstrated he has a head for heights as he climbed 205 feet up the main mast and straight into the history books.
“It was good to see the mast up close,” he said. “There is an awful lot of rigging up there which looks complicated from the ground but from the top you can see how it all fits together.
“These checks of the rigging, blocks and masts are very important as it gives a much greater confidence in what we have above our heads.”
For the past few years inspections have been carried out from the platform of a cherry picker which didn’t allow for complete access to the ropes or fittings. This meant that large areas of the deck would need to be cordoned off.
The fitting of new abseiling ropes to HMS Victory will allow the ship to open much larger areas of the upper deck during routine maintenance allowing widest possible public access to the ship.
The rigging needs to be regularly serviced as it is constantly exposed to the elements.