But I have to wonder why anyone would name a ship "The Pickle"
I wonder the same thing! Though I assure you it is based on a real ship.
Thanks again everyone for the comments. This weekend I spent some time on the sails and completed the fore-topsail, and the jib and staysails (though I haven't attached the staysail yet):
The topsail I sewed onto the yard arm at 1cm intervals and I think it turned out rather well
The jib I sewed onto rigid 3mm tubes, connected in the middle and secured on the ends by technic pins.
I then tied it to the rigging on the top and bottom.
Next up is the mainsail and attaching the staysail. This is my first time making custom sails so any advice or criticisms is welcome!