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  1. Some might enjoy: https://www.facebook.com/melvin.douglas.798/videos/1798793700167389/?t=6
  2. Some leave their anchors in strange place's. http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/pix1/0552728.jpg
  3. Who knows, something was fabricated and they are simple enough to have been forged then. But you are right, I included it as an example not a footnote of history unless you consider my experiences of 1960 as history. The Collett DD 730 left her anchor here aboard the Ammen DD 527 19 July 1960, another 1960 event I have memory's of. http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/pix1/0552728.jpg
  4. Photo of the Sullivans DD 537, a Fletcher Class , I rode the Ammen DD 527 same Class, same Ground Gear, we used the Gear as shown as I described, I knocked the keeper off of the Hook several times when I was on the deck force. We would take up any slack in the chain and set the brake, back off the turn Buckle and remove the hook from the chain, ease off the brake and let the anchor clear the Hawse Hole and reset the Pelican Hook, ease off on the brake and leave the load on the Pelican Hook and Turnbuckle as shown In my above post. When the word from the Bridge came down, a sledge was used to unlatch the Hook allowing it to open and the chain ran out with little drag from the brake. That gear is what held the anchor when out and also held the anchor up in the Hawse Hole, the brake was not set. So I will argue about the Pelican Hook being used as a quick release. http://www.williammaloney.com/Aviation/USSTheSullivans/DeckViews/images/21AnchorChain.jpg
  5. What a setup. Nice "B" Model Mack pulling the lowboy. Depicts an era not so long ago, many around who remember such scenes when they were kids. That setup is worthy of protection and longevity, is that in the plans?
  6. When getting ready to let go, the anchor would have been hanging on the quick release only, the Cat lifting tackle would have been used to rig the quick release and then the anchor was lowered until it was suspended on the release chain, the Cat block would have then been lowered until the hook could be released and the whole rig secured out of the way. Should not be any lashings holding the anchor at this point except the Anchor Buoy which would have enough line to allow the Buoy to float at high tide while being secured to the anchor on the bottom. What we used for the Buoy was a 3"50 can, painted red with the tether line around it like the thread on a spool. It was held by a Seaman and tossed overboard when the anchor was let go, it spun the line off as the anchor fell, leaving the Buoy on the surface. Modern yes, something similar must have been done 200 years ago. heck it worked, why change anything but the materials.
  7. Was a mechanical device that held the Anchor from the Cat, that could be released quickly, usually involving a chain and a rotating hook, sometimes it was just a sacrificial line that was cut with an ax. The Anchor could not let go when hanging from the lifting tackle on the Cat. Have found little about these vital devices, suspect there were many designs and methods. Aboard the Ammen DD 527 the anchor hung from a stopper equipped with a Pelican Hook that was released by striking it's holding clip with a sledge, enough drag on the brake was used to stop the run-out when the anchor bottomed so a pile of chain did not bury it. The details of anchoring using man power in the days of old seem to be few.
  8. Some of us rode them, Mine was the USS Ammen DD 527. Photo of her in the configuration when I was aboard.
  9. Rig one anchor and have it hanging from the Cat quick release toggle or a hank of line with an axe handy. Run the Hawser from the anchor around the bows and inboard through the Hawse hole and have about 4 fathoms to reach bottom and another 24 flaked out for the scope on deck for anchoring in 4 fathom deep water, bypass the Windless which has a toggle stop but no brake so using them to let go would be dangerous, when chains became common they required a Gypsy for the chain, the windless then needed refining with clutch's and brakes for that Gypsy and the chain remained around the Gypsy, the drums always turned when the mechanism was operating. That is how I have read it was done. Setting two or more anchors from the bows is asking for them to become fouled, unless another is set aft to prevent the ship from swinging in a tidal stream.
  10. Heel and Head ropes in use.
  11. Could be, have never seen any Sims Class Destroyers, I see on the net that 12 were built and commissioned in 1939-1940, all survived the war but were scrapped after the war, rate as 1500 Ton Destroyers, the Fletchers were rated at 2100 Tons. I jumped to conclusions that the vessels in the photo were DE's because of their single stack and raised foredecks. Photo from the net, it proves me wrong about the two vessels in that photo being DE's.
  12. Those are DE's not DD's in the above photo, no Fletcher's in it. Now this is a Fletcher getting setup to bury her bows, square bridge but I suspect that the Fletcher's bridge was upgraded after entering service. The one I rode was the Ammen DD 527.
  13. Looks like you modified that bench to something that fits your needs and did it well. Have been considering buying one of those, it will be for a catch all room and I may not instal the vise. Probably will bolt it to the wall as a safety measure, something top heavy is bound to find it's way on top of it, always does.
  14. Both photo's a[ear to use tillers on the Weather Decks, if so, poor location or a Binnacle so I would guess is the the source for fresh eggs and an ocasional chicken dinner, a Chicken Coop.

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