Grand Turk Belaying Pins

Woodie

Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom

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A belaying pin is a device used on traditional sailing vessels to secure lines of rigging. Their function on modern vessels has been replaced by cleats, but they are still used, particularly on square rigged ships.
A belaying pin is a solid metal or wooden bar with a curved top portion and cylindrical bottom part. It is inserted into a hole in a wooden pinrail, which usually runs along the inside of the bulwarks as shown (although free-standing pinrails called fife rails are also used). Although the belaying pin can be lifted out and removed, it is usually left in place.

Featured in the TV series Hornblower.
Build in Turkey in 1997 and is a replica of an 18th century full rigged man o’ war.
CURRENT LOCATION:- The frigate was purchased by Bob Escoffier of the Etoile Marine Croisieres, which already operates a number of traditional sailing ships: Étoile de France, Étoile Molène, Étoile Polaire, Naire Maove et’ and la goélette-aviso de Brest La Recouvrance (in partnership with its owner, the SOPAB). The final sale price was not disclosed. After being moored in Whitby for over a decade, the Grand Turk sailed out of her home harbour for last time at 4:00am 16th March 2010 to her current location in France.

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