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Seven Oceans anchor & chains on the dock bottom
· Date: Sat, 29 December 12 · Views: 255
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Keywords: Chains
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Location photo was taken: Astillero, spain
Date photo was taken: 28/12/12
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Klaatu83
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Registered: January 2009
Location: New York
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Sat, 29 December 12 07:55

The anchor chains are not usually left piled up that way; the drydock workers usually 'fake' the chains out neatly, along the bottom of the drydock, so that they can be cleaned and painted. The red links are the connecting links that connect the individual 90-foot lengths of chain, known as 'shots' of chain, and the number of white links indicate the number of 'shots' of chain above the anchor. When a ship comes to anchor the captain will order the mate on the bow to lower the anchor with a specific number of 'shots', and the mate on the bow can tell how many 'shots' he has lowered by counting the number of white links as the chain passes over the side. The amount of chain the captain would call for would depend upon the depth of the water, weather conditions, the type of sea bottom, and how crowded the anchorage might be. Normally, the length of anchor chain would be seven to ten times the depth of the water.
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kevhogg

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Registered: July 2005
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Sat, 29 December 12 08:01

They usually drop them in a pile initially then during the docking when time/manpower is available then the chains are flaked tested and repainted-wey thats in most european and far east yards that I have docked.
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ray laws
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Sat, 29 December 12 08:10

The plan is to flake them out on the dock bottom, for inspection and painting. We call the measured lenghts "shackles" Same idea the Bosun can tell the bridge how many shackles " on deck"
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M1188
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Registered: October 2007
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Sat, 29 December 12 15:12

Also it is sometimes practiced that a lenght of mousing wire is wound round the stud of the link which indicates the shackle lenght, then white paint is applied from the moused stud to the joining shackle

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Enri
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Registered: June 2008
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Sat, 29 December 12 17:17

Not forgetting to take the outboard shackle of cable off to connect to the inboard end, so getting an even wear, (tho in the last couple of dockings I did, I think this had been red lined by the tech manager,). In all the yards I "visited", both European and Far East, the cables were flaked as they were lowered, and then HP washed.
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John Briggs

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Registered: February 2006
Location: Sydney Australia
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Sat, 29 December 12 19:21

We always called them cables and they were flaked on the dry dock floor as they were lowered.
It was the cadet's job to renew the mousing wire and paint the shackles.

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