Model of a chain messenger, Rijkswerf Willemsoord, 1844

Model of a chain messenger, Rijkswerf Willemsoord, 1844

wood and brass, h 11.5cm × w 135.5cm × d 18.5cm. Catalogue entry

This model represents the mid-section of a ship’s deck and demonstrates how an anchor was raised. The anchor is attached to a heavy cable, which is too thick to turn around a drum. It is therefore secured to a messenger cable, a long, endless rope that can be wound around a capstan to haul in the anchor cable.

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