BANYAN Posted February 11, 2014 Share #1 Posted February 11, 2014 (edited) I am hoping the more experienced modellers here may have an answer to a question about the dimensions of the cat head that I have been trying to resolve for awhile. From the contract documentation I have been able to determine that the cat head sided and moulded dimensions were 13 inches (square) which ties in with other literature I have read. From a reasonable lithograph, and interpreting the other literature such as Goodwin, the most likely design for the cat head would have been the upward canted design as evidenced in HMS Warrior (contemporary to the ship I am researching - HMCSS Victoria). The following link shows this design with the upward canted cathead and knee support. http://www.stvincent.ac.uk/heritage/warrior/anchor.html What I have not been able to find is a rule of thumb, or formula that determines the length of the Cat Head overall - I have found the formula for the knee in Goodwin and one for the Cat Tail (also in Goodwin). I am assuming that the overall length of the 13" square timber would have been determined by the angle of the cant and ensuring sufficient clearance from the ship's side for the anchor not to strike/foul on her sides when catted. Is there any rule of thumb / formula for determining this length, or at least some guidance on what offset distance (from the hull) to use? A related question, is the fitting of whiskers, again stipulated in the Contract and indistinctly shown in the lithograph. From 'The Kedge Anchor' I understand that these were the iron outriggers with sheaves, fitted to the cathead, which had guys reeved through them to set up the fore chains. I am trying to determine at what sort of angle (direction and length) these protruded? Can anyone point me to a reference or provide a clearer understanding please? cheers Pat Edited February 11, 2014 by BANYAN RGL 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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