Norton Rig

 

 

 

Search  Inquiry Net

Back ] Home ] Up ] Next ]

Bat Wings
Cape Vincent Rig
Country Rig
Danish Rig
English Rig
Norton Rig
Norwegian Rig
Additional Skating Wings

Scout Books

Site Contents

By Dan Beard

The Norton Rig is a double sail, and might be called a schooner rig.  It is in many respects superior to the somewhat cumbersome single sails, the chief advantage being the fact that the crew can see in every direction, and thus avoid running foul of any other craft or skater.  Another improvement is the double main spar which, without increasing the weight, affords a stronger support for the cross pieces, or fore and main masts. 

The main spar may be made of spruce pine or bamboo.  Cane fishing-poles are inexpensive, and can probably be readily obtained by most boys.  

Select two pieces, each about ten feet long, and bind the butt or large end of one to the small end of the other; lash the other ends firmly together in like manner, so that the two poles will lay side by side firmly bound at each end.  For the fore and main masts or cross yards, Mr. Norton recommends bamboo, five-eighths of an inch in diameter, but American cane will also answer for that purpose.  Pick out two pieces five-eighths of an inch in diameter at the smallest ends, and let each be four feet six inches long. 

Near the ends of the cross yards fasten metal buttons or knobs, and fasten similar knobs near the ends of the main spar.  Make a small cleat for the middle of each cross spar (A, A, A, Fig. 191) and lash it firmly on. 

Make the sails of the heaviest cotton sheeting, if it can be procured; if not, take ordinary sheeting and double it, or what cloth you can procure.  Mark out the sails, making allowance for the hem, and let them measure four feet across the diagonal after the hem has been turned down; bind the sails with strong tape, and see that the corners particularly are made very strong.  Sew to the 11 clews " or corners small metal rings, or loops of strong cord, to fasten on the buttons at the ends of the spars. 

Attach the sails to the cross spars by slipping the rings at the clews over the buttons at each end of the spars.  Spring the main spar apart and slip the cleats of the cross spar between the two pieces, so that they fit as shown by Fig. 191.  Fasten the outside clews to the buttons on the ends of the main spar and bind the two inside clews tightly together with a cord as shown in the diagram, and you are all ready to give the novel device a trial.  Go to the nearest sheet of ice, put on your skates, and after seeing that they are securely fastened, take up the sails and let yourself go before the wind, steering with your feet. After practicing awhile you can learn to tack, and go through all the maneuvers of a regular sail-boat. 

A most beautiful "rig" is described by Mr. Norton, in which the main spar consists of four pieces of bamboo joined at the middle by brass fishing-rod ferrules.  Brass tips are used for holding the small ends of the bamboo together at the ends of the main spar.  This rig can be taken apart like a jointed fishing-rod, and, like it, put in a comparatively small case, occupying not much more space when the sails are rolled up than an umbrella.  Sails maybe made of fancy striped cloth and brilliantly colored pennants rigged to their corners; combine this with a suitable uniform, and the winged skater will present a most striking and dashing appearance as he goes flying over the ice.

 

 

   

 

 


Additional Information:

Peer- Level Topic Links:
Bat Wings ] Cape Vincent Rig ] Country Rig ] Danish Rig ] English Rig ] [ Norton Rig ] Norwegian Rig ] Additional Skating Wings ]

Parent- Level Topic Links:
How to Build Sleds ] How to Make Snowshoes ] Hudson Bay Capote ] How to Make Skate Sails ] Layering ] Survival Kits ] How to Make Moccasins ] Snow Ballista, Catapult ] Equipment List ]

The Inquiry Net Main Topic Links:
 [Outdoor Skills]  [Patrol Method [Old-School]  [Adults [Advancement]  [Ideals]  [Leadership]  [Uniforms]

Search This Site:

Search Amazon.Com:

When you place an order with Amazon.Com using the search box below, a small referral fee is returned to The Inquiry Net to help defer the expense of keeping us online.  Thank you for your consideration!

Search:

Keywords:

Amazon Logo

 

 

Scout Books Trading Post

Dead Bugs, Blow Guns, Sharp Knives, & Snakes:
What More Could A Boy Want?

Old School Scouting:
What to Do, and How to Do It!

To Email me, replace "(at)" below with "@"
Rick(at)Kudu.Net

If you have questions about one of my 2,000 pages here, you must send me the "URL" of the page!
This "URL" is sometimes called the "Address" and it is usually found in a little box near the top of your screen.  Most URLs start with the letters "http://"

The Kudu Net is a backup "mirror" of The Inquiry Net.  

2003, 2011 The Inquiry Net, http://inquiry.net  In addition to any Copyright still held by the original authors, the Scans, Optical Character Recognition, extensive Editing,  and HTML Coding on this Website are the property of the Webmaster.   My work may be used by individuals for non-commercial, non-web-based activities, such as Scouting, research, teaching, and personal use so long as this copyright statement and a URL to my material is included in the text
The purpose of this Website is to provide access  to hard to find, out-of-print documents.  Much of the content has been edited to be of practical use in today's world and is not intended as historical preservation.   I will be happy to provide scans of specific short passages in the original documents for people involved in academic research.  

 

Last modified: October 15, 2016.