Converted to a Boomie

When Fred Horlock had made up his mind to buy Thalatta he insisted she be rigged as a ‘spritty’ (spritsail) and not as a ‘boomie’ (a boom and gaff mainsail), as she had originally been intended. It was a decision he apparently later regretted, and she was taken back to Harwich by her Skipper James Alliston to be re-rigged as a boomie at some early point. The spritsail rig was designed for the calmer waters of the River Thames and the estuary, and was not the ideal rig to have on a sea-going vessel.