On December 18, 2009 an article was published featuring the barkentine, Gazela, sailing vessel.
Toward the end of that article the question was posed: “What are those furry, caterpillar looking things attached to the rigging called?”
Frank correctly identified the purpose but not the nautical name.
“Baggy Wrinkle” is chafing gear fashioned out of old hemp rope and wound on the mast shrouds to protect the sails from damage.
Below, Boston University Students are learning to make Baggy Wrinkle.
The above photo is courtesy of Vernon Doucette, Boston University. It was taken during the BU Summer Term 2000 Program, Maritime History in the Atlantic World, conducted aboard Tall Ship Rose in August, 2000. For more on the Rose visit http://www.tallshiprose.org/