Henrietta Marie Parral Truck 2002.00.093D Model
This wooden piece from the wreck of the 1700 save ship Henrietta Marie is a truck from a parral. The parral was essentially a rope collar that attached a yard to a mast. The rope passed through a series of wooden trucks like this, which served as wheels or bearings and allowed the parral to roll and glide along the length of the mast, making it easier to raise and lower the yard. Though there would have been many trucks needed for the parral to work effectively, this is the only one found on the Henrietta Marie site. It is 7.5 cm tall and has a hole of 2.3cm diameter. It is badly chipped. Notice some small, glass “seed” beads were pressed into the truck during its time underwater.