Rig Inspection News
From Jeff Carter’s report to the Commission:
“Unfortunately during (inspection) a severe amount of rot was found at the top of the foremast. This rot extends approximately 4 feet down from the top of the mast and the early prognosis is that the mast will need to be completely replaced. Also during this work the contractor has identified rot on the mainmast as well but to a lesser degree and at this point it seems to be repairable. At the time of this update DCR has not identified its course of action in addressing this concern but it is almost certain that these masts will have to be removed from the ship to eliminate any safety hazards. All mast and rigging work as it relates to the current contract has been indefinitely put on hold.”
Here you can see the top of the foremast is pulled forward by the jib stay.