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Hi, can someone please identify the purpose of this item?

 

 

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Good Evening YT;

 

This is a fish davit, used to raise the fluke end of the anchor to horizontal after it had been catted, or for other anchor manouevres. A tackle was fitted to the end nearest the viewer, and the far end was fitted into a metal shoe on the fore channel, set at the point where the channel met the side. 

 

These were introduced towards the end of the 18th century, and took the place of the longer fish davit, which was harder to handle and took up a lot of room on the forecastle.

 

All the best,

 

Mark 

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So I figure it was a piece of steel weight used to hold down the anchor when manoeuvring it? But why not to use some anchor points right on the deck. There were  millions of these anchor points on the deck.

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The ring on the shank of the anchor was hoisted ups to the cathead. The fish davit was extended over the side a fall was hoocked to the fluke of the anchor and it was used to bring the anchor up parallel to the fore channel for stowage

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It was used like a crane, YT. It replaced the long fish davit that stretched almost across the foecastle.

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Well. Thanks all for trying to explain it. Unfortunately I cannot see how it worked without some sketch or picture. Do not bother. I am fine with what I got.

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Perhaps if you go to the page of the following link it will clear your doubts.

 

Scroll down til you find one Victory picture and you will see the object jutting out of the channel and that the white line rigged goes to the anchor

fluke and as it is hauled in it will lift the fluke to the horizontal position

 

hope that helps

 

 

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1 hour ago, rybakov said:

 

Perhaps if you go to the page of the following link it will clear your doubts

 

Thank you 🙏 very much. Now all is clear. So this crane arm (fluke) is actually pivoted and secured on the hull on one of its ends. It was not possible to see that on picture I showed. Just looks like piece of heavy wooden log. 

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The angled end rests partly on the fore channel and partly against the ship's side.

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