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Both Hamilton and Scourge were two masted top-sail schooners with fore and aft rigging. This meant that while each vessel had one square sail set at the top of the mast, the rest of the sails were triangular or semi-triangular, set in line with the long axis of the vessel. One of the challenges of sailing a converted merchant schooner was that they were much slower than purpose designed warships. To compensate, both Hamilton and Scourge carried as much sail as possible. One solution was to add upper extensions to the main and foremast by wooden bracing at what was referred to as a doubling, creating room for more sails. The doubling was also the attachment point for the cables of the standing rigging. The standing rigging ran from the doubling downwards to the port and starboard dead-eyes and chain plates. It could be used like a ladder to climb to the doubling in order to lookout or work the topsail or the upper sections of the fore and main sails.

The image of the doubling of the foremast shows that modern poly-propylene rope is now entangled in it. The rope may be a shot line used by a technical diver while making an unofficial visit or it may have been left behind by an earlier research project. Either way it represents an entanglement hazard to future researchers and provides an unwanted platform for quagga mussels.