The nautical term “bending” means tying a rope to another rope or to a spar or post. Bending the foresail, as shown in this photo, means tying the foresail to the yardarm which supports it. From time to time, sails were removed for repair or replacement. This was usually done before a ship left port, but sometimes sails had to be replaced at sea.
This photo shows a group of men working with the foresail of the sailing ship “James Tuft” a lumber freighter. The men are working high above the deck, standing on lines or sitting on the yardarm. The photo was taken in an unidentified Puget Sound port sometime around 1905.
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I was born at the wrong time. -Ed.