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Identification Longshot and Talking Point 871


Brumas

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Good Evening All.

I’ll finish off with a GENUINE UNIDENTIFIED POSTCARD but which is really a TALKING POINT as I don’t think the ship could possibly be identified.

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Woolwell

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It's a part of the ship's steering.

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Woolwell

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You're right about being unable to identify the ship.

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onthelimit1

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jock1e - I think you mean Marie Celeste!

The wheel on the right looks damaged, and there are two further hubs on the shaft.

Repair facility?

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Woolwell

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Judging by the clips on the door then it is an entrance to a watertight compartment. Similar clips were used on RN ships until quite recently.

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Woolwell

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It is damaged. I guess that there would have been 3 ship's wheels in place. But I think that this is the emergency steering position and the chain may have led to the main steering position.

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Brumas

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Woolwell I am of the same opinion as I'm pretty sure when I did basic training on T.S. Vindicatrix (an old sailing hulk) there was a similar arrangement which was used to teach the Deck trainees.

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Brumas

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I'm turning in, G'Night All.

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Woolwell

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The rope running up the centre of the ladder used to be fairly common when the side handrails were not in place. There is gearing after the vertical tube which I think may be the base of a mast.

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Woolwell

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I think that it is a badly stowed hammock on the desk.

A moustached man on a ship is a rarity.

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Woolwell

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HMS Caroline's tiller flat

It's not a match but gives an indication of what the steering gear may have looked like with all 3 wheels in place.

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