Knight

Knight and rams head

Ram's head

To hoist the heaviest spars, ships of Virginia’s period used a pulley system consisting of a strong post fixed to the deck called a “knight” that formed the system’s lower part, and a pulley called a “ram’s head” that formed the upper. On top of the knight shipwrights traditionally carved the likeness of an actual knight. Here woodworker Fred Gosbee has immortalized lead shipwright Rob Stevens as the knight’s head on Virginia’s knight.