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by: kpbosun
April 20th, 2007
Whatīs in a name?
The rain has finally stopped so I will be able to get away from the computer today, but I thought that I would throw out a couple of things just to keep others that still have rain something to do.
I used to mess around with the old Monomoy style lifeboats quite a bit. I guess that there are still a few of them around. Anyway, thinking about them got my mind on a nomenclature kick. I have not used some of these terms in conversation for years, but had hoped that they were still in use by somebody. When I tried to run them in the Glossary, figuring that tall ship people might use them, I came up blank. I know that Google, Yahoo, etc. would probably get these things in a snap, but the challenge here is to give an identity/definition from personal knowledge. Maybe a measure of the īsalt in your veinsī. If you have some time on your hands, give them a shot.

thole pins

stretchers

ceilings

stern/bow sheets

cathead

"cating" an anchor

riding pawl

The last ones are not just related to lifeboats but came to mind during the process.
Have fun, kpbosun


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by: kpbosun
May 1st, 2007
Whatīs in a name?
Good, I am glad that there are still some people using them. I actually use
"thole pin" as an alias on the Yahoo "Answers" program. (because it gives
you leverage)
 I had thought that "cat head" and "to cat the anchor" would be the first
ones to be defined. Do some "tall ships" still use the "old fashioned
anchor" that was handled this way?
kpbosun

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by: sbaker
May 1st, 2007
Whatīs in a name?
Well I can answer the thole pins straight off - I gave it some time to see if anyone else jumped in.

We have several attached to our dories in the back yard :) Rather then oar-locks, thole pins pop into slots in the gunnels (gunwales) and serve the same basic purpose. To hold the oar at itīs pivot and provide the fulcrum for leverage when rowing.

Iīll have to grab a photo at some point - but Iīm too busy at the moment ;)
--
Fair Winds
 - and watch for squals from leeward

Scott W. Baker

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