Apollo Posted September 8, 2015 Share #1 Posted September 8, 2015 I am currently working on my Amati Revenge kit and have a couple of questions regarding anchor cable routing on large English ships or galleons in general. The model has two capstans, a forward capstan (jeer?) on the upper deck and a second capstan (main) on the gun deck between the main and mizzen masts. From what I've been reading in my research the main capstan was generally used for weighing anchors. Cutaway diagrams of a very similar ship such as this one show the forward capstan on the gun deck instead of the upper deck, in line with the anchor cable, riding bitts and hawse holes. This arrangement makes more sense because the anchor cables are stored through the hatch just aft of the forward capstan down to the orlop deck below. The Amati kit has only the main capstan in line with the anchor cables but it's way back suggesting the cables were stored near the stern, which contradicts the research I've been reading. On later ships, a messenger cable setup was employed because the anchor cables grew too thick and capstans could no longer handle them among other reasons. Messenger cables were routed to the main capstan and the anchor cables hauled in through modified hatches aft of the riding bitts. However, The research I've come across states that messengers weren't implemented until the early 17 Century, several decades later. Neither were double capstans for that matter if what I've read is accurate, which could have been a solution for the forward capstan if modification will be required to the model. I could easily lower the forward capstan in line with the main capstan on the gun deck like the linked picture above, but want to make certain that this is a more likely setup. I'm not intending to rig the anchor cables but want to be sure both capstans are logically positioned on this model. I don't want the forward capstan on the upper deck if it was actually used for weighing anchor. Most kits will have historical inaccuracies to a lower or greater extent but minimizing them is an effort worth undertaking, especially if easily applied. Thanks in advance to all replies. aviaamator 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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