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This old windlass is on board the Dutch barque ( bark ) ’ Europa.’ She was built in 1911 but whether this windlass dates from then I’m not sure. It is now electrically powered but it looks as though it was originally steam powered.
Advantages of electricity are – no need for steam pipes everywhere or a boiler and it is much quieter and cleaner. The advantage of a steam windlass is that you can walk back a mooring rope on the drum end if you need to slacken it off just by decreasing the steam. Most of all, the big advantage is that you could keep your mug of tea hot on one of the steam pipes !
This photograph shows the anchor cable running over a ’ Gypsy ’ This is the grooved wheel which enables the anchor to be raised and lowered. Towards the top of the picture, the anchor cable runs down the hawsepipe to the anchor. The other end of the cable comes up through the spurling pipe from the cable locker. The steel band to the right of the ’ Gypsy ’ is the brake and enables the ’ Gypsy ’ to be disengaged from the rest of the windlass when letting go the anchor.
Location: Opua, Bay of Islands, New Zealand.
Panasonic, LUMIX – GH2 at 32mm, 14×140 lens, 1/320, f/8, iso 250, manual.
From a single RAW image.