Bowsprite

beautiful old rigging equipment and more…

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2014/07/27

J. Cowhey & Sons hardware was a chandlery in Red Hook. Three containers of their old marine and rigging equipment will be on sale today, Sunday, at Atlantic Basin in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

container

The metal tools and equipment were in time capsules freshly opened. Foundries from towns I have never heard of made beautiful pieces. Some of the factories are gone, and some of the jobs these tools were used for are no more.

Steel Products Corporation, South Windham, ME:

windhampulley

The Caldwell Company, Rockford, IL: the Adjust-A-Leg Equalizing Sling

equalizingsling

Boston & Lockport Block Company, Boston, NY  (I didn’t know there was a Boston, NY; did you?)

lockfort

sheave

New England Butt Company, Providence, RI: a line counter that still works, clicking away as it measured 50 feet of beautiful old manila rope that a shopper, Ben P and I fed through it.

linecounter

“What’s that called?”

“A Headache Ball.” ouch.  It reads: “Swiveler, SWL 3 TONS, WGT 35 LBS, Model SAS5”

swiveller

Huge shackle, anyone?

hugeshackle

130 ton–it can hold, or it weighs?

huge130ton

Huge oar not included:

bigoar

A Skookum block:

skookum1

I liked these: female and male container lifting gear lying over each other on a pallet.

female

male

These are made in Japan. From Marc: “Twist locks, used to stack and lock marine containers on top of one another.”

mysterythings

Rope through every link of a chain? “Elevator chain. Keeps the chain well-oiled,” said another shopper, Steve R, peering into the three barrels of the stuff.
Girlfriend With the Tanker says “The rope keeps it quiet! So it doesn’t klank as the elevator and chain go up and down.”

elevatorchain

Voluptuous hooks, like Henry Moore sculptures, but sexier.

luxe

oldhook

pelicanhook

redhook

floriam

Beautiful, wonderful things. A gun rack from around the 1920’s. A perfect cast iron stove from Florim Foundry, Florim, PA. A Jacob’s Ladder. Hooks galore. Old wooden blocks. Go, admire, puzzle, wonder.
More information here.

PortSide NewYork Heavy Metal Sale:

Sun 7/27, 11am – 4pm
Atlantic Basin, Red Hook
Pier 11 loading dock, south end
Brooklyn, NY 11231 

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happy july! happy city of water day!

Posted in 6th boro, brooklyn, Queen Mary 2 by bowsprite on 2010/07/08

Happy summer everyone! this blog will be taking July off, back in August. Events abound on the 6th boro! MWA’s City of Water Day is July 24. Portside and many other organizations, along with our working flotilla of schooners, sloops, cruising vessels, ferries and water taxis will be out in force. If you have a happening on the water or waterfront this month, feel free to add it on…

Coastal Tanker Mary A. Whalen, 1938

Length: 172ft

 

Ocean Liner RMS Queen Mary 2 , 2003

Length: 1,132 ft (345 m)
Beam: 135 ft (41 m) waterline,
 147.5 ft (45.0 m) extreme (bridge wings)
Height: 236.2 ft (72.0 m) keel to funnel 
Draught: 33 ft (10.1 m)
 
Propulsion: Four 21.5 MW Rolls-Royce/Alstom “Mermaid” electric propulsion pods:
2 fixed and 2 azimuthing
Speed: 29.62 knots (54.86 km/h; 34.09 mph)[6]
Capacity: 3,056 passengers
Crew: 1,253 officers and crew