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Drop Anchor!

January 23 2005 at 1:45 PM

SeaBat  (Login SeaBat)
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I was looking at Mr. Alferi's papers. I don't know why I was surprised at the weight of the anchors, but I was. (Don't try talking me into moving one) Considering they had to hold the ship in place, it's not surprising. I was looking at the anchor chain information and wondered how often, if ever, the anchor chain had to be replaced. I'm sure that someone had the responsibility for inspecting it for worn links.

ANCHORS /Mfgr. /Weight /Ship /Spares
Bow /Baldt /5,000 lbs. /Port /1
Stern /Danforth /3,000 lbs. /Stern /1

Size /Type /Fathoms /Stress-Tons
1-1/4” /Die Locked /120 * /89.0
* Note: increased to 150 fathoms by 1945

I'm drawing a blank on the proper term... the housing where the anchor chain goes through the hull/bulkhead...what is it called? How often did it have to be replaced (the constant chafing of the chain against the housing would wear even really strong steel, I'd think)?

This message has been edited by SeaBat on Jan 23, 2005 2:06 PM

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