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  1. Modern signal flags are made with a ring spliced into the top of the tack line, which runs through the tabling on the hoist of the flag and extends beyond the bottom of the flag, and a snap hook spliced into the bottom of the line. The snap hook also has a hole with a sharpened edge that takes the marline that can be used to make up the flag for breaking after running it aloft in a rolled bundle. If you look closely in the WWII flag bags (still used today) you will see that the flags are held in racks of "fingers" that have slots to hold the rings and snap hooks of the flags vertically. Each set of fingers holds two of the same flag. The flags are arranged in the flag bag grouped together by type and alphanumerically (letters, numeral flags, numeral pennants, special pennants, substitutes). In operation you have a flag bag operator and a man on the halyard uphaul. The halyard uphaul has a snap hook spliced in the end. The flag bag operator snaps the hook on to the first flag of the hoist and the up haul is hauled pulling the ring out of the fingers. While the flag is coming out of the bag the flag bag operator is snapping the hook from the first flag onto the ring of the second flag. This continues until the hoist is complete. The last flags snap hook is then hooked into the halyard downhaul and the hoist is the raised to the required height (at the dip which is halfway up, or close up which is fully raised to the yard arm). Depending on the ship you can fit a half dozen flags or more in a single hoist. Additional halyards are employed until the signal is complete. Signals are hoisted from outboard in. A well trained signal crew can raise a hoist of flags in seconds from receiving the coded signal. Regards, a USN Signalman
  2. Just a thought along the lines of mooring lines. You will find that ships, especially ones with high freeboard, place mooring line chocks on the hull closer to the water line. Sometimes they are set into the hull, other times they are mounted in a sort of blister. Perhaps? Henry
  3. Probably. You see the red sails mostly on coasters and fishing vessels. I doubt it would be used too much for naval vessels. Regards,
  4. Barking or Tan Barking of sails produces the color you see in the photo. It was done in order to give more longevity to the sails, but it was generally deemed to be too expensive to do on larger vessels with a lot of canvas. Regards,
  5. Non-italians pronouncing espresso as expresso Regards,
  6. Could it be that what we are looking at here is a misrepresentation of several lines leading down to the same area? I can picture the shrouds being set up with blocks instead of deadeyes, but could the rigging plan designer be confusing fixed runners from other lines, i.e. halyards? These would lead up inside the shrouds and communicate with tackles on the opposite rail. Just a thought. Regards,
  7. The admiralty number was sort of a part number assigned by the Navy. It would not identify the specific piece. It's more like; admiralty number 162..gun mount assembly, 2 pdr, quad. admiralty number 161.. gun mount assembly, 2 pdr, twin. Regards,
  8. Pom Pom Guns under construction in 22 Shop, Scotswood Works, Newcastle upon Tyne, 23 October 1942
  9. Dropping an anchor from a ships boat is one thing, but there is no way the crew of a boat is going to be able to weigh or raise an anchor. After all, the job did require a windlass or capstan on the main vessel to accomplish. As far as dropping one anchor and then maneuvering to drop another goes, the ship, at the end of her anchor rode was certainly less mobile but not immobile. There was considerable ability to warp the ship to any location within its anchor circle. The more anchors you put out, however the less maneuverable the ship becomes. The submarine rescue ship that I served in did exactly this when we set out a "4-point moor" (four anchors, one from each bow and one from each quarter in an X pattern). By hauling on one or more of the anchor cables we could position the ship over the downed sub in order to lower a diving bell. Granted a ship under sail is not as maneuverable as one under power, but it can still be done. Regards,
  10. My guess is that it is a fashion piece at the end of the top rail. It is not exactly clear on this drawing which is inboard and which is outboard. But there is a gangway and a couple of ladders there. Above one ladder at the end of the cap rail has plain stanchions and above the other ladder is a timber head. Is there a companion ladder on the outside of the hull that comes up to this point. It is also interesting how the perspective changes for the hammock cranes at this point.
  11. On many locomotive boilers there was not a sight glass, but a set of three valves aligned vertically. If you open the top one and got water the boiler was full. If you got air or steam them you had to add water. You could roughly check the level of water by cracking open one or another valve. Regards,
  12. The method of attaching the robands to the yard as well as the method of attaching them to the sail varied according to the time period and the size of the yard. Robands were generally fastened through grommets sewn into the head band just below the head rope two per sail cloth. Whichever method was employed to pass them around the yard or jack stay they were finished with a simple square knot atop the yard. Regards
  13. Another name for the heel ropes used on the top mast and topgallant is a "top rope" Regards,
  14. Ringtail boom in green at the bottom of the sail. Ringtail yard in yellow at the top. Regards

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