Folding and Unfolding of Early Modern Galley Masts

  title={Folding and Unfolding of Early Modern Galley Masts},
  author={Joseph Eliav},
  journal={The Mariner's Mirror},
  pages={208 - 217}
Early modern Mediterranean galleys could fold down their entire rigging, consisting of a mainmast and a smaller fore mast, each carrying a large lateen sail on a long yardarm. The crew could lower the yardarms, remove the sails and then fold down, or un-step, both masts; then, they could reverse the process, raise, or step, the masts back to the upright position and hoist the yardarms.1 Why would a ship fold down its entire rigging? Contemporary sources cite several reasons: 
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