Parrel Truck

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About This Object
A parrel truck. Wooden, turned oval with hole through centre and inscribed line around centre.

Parrel trucks are simple spheres of elm with a hole through the middle to allow them to be strung on a rope, called a parrel rope. Parrel ribs formed part of a parrel set, which was a collar that held the yard (supporting a sail) against the mast. It allowed the yard to be raised or lowered or turned to the wind. It was made up from “trucks” and “ribs”. There are two ribs for two or three rows of trucks, and they also have holes in them so that the parrel –ropes run through both the trucks and the ribs. Each assembly would use up to 16 trucks, and between six and nine ribs.
Catalogue Number
Height: 140mm
Diameter: 130mm (5 1/8")
Production Date
Pre 1758
Production Period
Eighteenth Century