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widowmaker
The Widowmaker.  Taking in the outer jib on the Clan Macleod.
Oil on board (600 x 800)mm

Working in heavy weather and big seas, out on the long jibbooms of sailing vessels was considered by seamen to be the most dangerous job in a dangerous calling.  For this reason the spar was often termed "The Widowmaker".

For details of the Clan Macleod see "James Craig" Leaving Sydney above.