Anchor drill in Lower Bay

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2008/07/04

The Pioneer holds training sails saturday mornings, 0800 – 1200.
On one particular training sail, Charlie was the captain.

When Charlie is at the helm, you tend to sail wing to wing more often.
(illustration to come)

You will have the opportunity to scandalize the peak a bit more often.
(illustration to come)
And, he likes to run through things in the traditional way so that you are an actor in a period piece.

On this one saturday, Charlie took the boat out to Lower Bay, and decided to hold an anchor drill.

In the traditional manner, after unlashing the anchor and checking below that the anchor chain is free:

• The fishtackle or anchor burton is taken off the port foreshrouds.
• The hook is made to the anchor with a bowline, and hoisted and moved overboard.
• A short line is lashed with slipknot to the port cathead, ready to be released once the ship was turned into the wind.
• The train and windlass are prepared to deploy anchor, and
• At the captain’s orders, one tugs the slipknot free, and lets the anchor run, plunging into the water and down to the sea floor.

Charlie called out to the hand at bow to move the anchor over to be made to the cathead, and to begin the deploying process: “Ok, Frank.”

Frank picked up the anchor and heaved it overboard.

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  1. Charlie said, on 2008/08/22 at 07:26

    I like the anchor story. Shows how hide-bound I can be with those “boat things.” Kind of the same thing with docklines. Not a member of the “1,2,3,4” style of docking, sorry.

    By the way, does anyone know which line is #63?

  2. Ben said, on 2010/03/03 at 11:32

    I’ve never like the numbered system. What happens when the #3 go from tending forward leading to abrest… why more info get to the quarterdeck with the old way of doing things.

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