Thalatta gets a new suit of sails

Thalatta had a new suit of sails built for her in 1971 at the Ipswich sail lofts of J. O. Whitmore. They were made of Royal Navy flax canvas and roped with Italian hemp. The new sails would remain undressed initially, so that any adjustments could be made. Then they were protected from the weather with a special dressing made with codfish oil, red ochre and yellow ochre. The bolt-ropes were treated with stockholm tar.