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Wire, bollard, ship Bomma

So what is he doing - releasing a mooring wire that shall be pulled up on the deck above? He might of course be just posing, but it still looks a bit mysterious to me. Where does that wire lead? Photograph by Stein Ørnlund taken in 1953 onboard the 1938 built Bomma

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He’s apparently tending what normally would be the after spring position on the starboard side aft, as there’s a panama lead close by for that purpose. A bit careless as he’s got the making of a kink in the wire and it’s led across a valve spindle, the wire reels on the boat deck above appear to be next to the emergency steering position
 

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Yes, when looking at the photograph of the stern of the ship, the reel and the wire leading downwards from it is clearly visible. https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/1230571/title/bomma-being-painted/cat/all
 

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A Fire-Wire.
 

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A couple of observations;
This seems to be the starboard side facing forward.
There is no quay wall visible suggesting that the ship may be port side to the quay.
The standing part of the wire looks to be heading aft towards the camera at the bottom of the shot.
As the boat deck is immediately above perhaps he is in process of changing the lifeboat fall wires, or changing ends.
 

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What it suggest to me is that reel for the wire is on the deck above and he has got the eye hung over the side through a lead and is a Fire wire.
 

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He is wearing a one-piece something, and he has got no paint-splatter on his shoes, but rather oil smudges all over - something that strongly indicates to me that he belongs among the soot-angels, and has got no business fooling around with wires up on deck, none at all. Just look at the evil glint in his eyes. This man is out to mess things up, as much as he can.
 

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You are taking this 'oil and water don't mix' thing too far Stein.
Paint is used in the engine room and grease is applied to rigging, is it not?
Boiler suits were worn by all departments.
 

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Just a craic, as the Scottish/Irish fishermen used to claim here on SN, before they were moved out of hearing of the rest. Or else just an attempt to hide the embarassing fact that I still do not get it. Something that has been aggravated by the Mad Landsman pointing out that the ship is lying with the port side to the quay. And what is this "firewire" thing? I looked up the word on the net, and there it was solely used in connection with computer connectivity.
 

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Stein, I think that Old Strawberry has hit it.
My understanding of fire wire in this context is a wire cable rigged on the seaward side the purpose of which is a means of pulling a ship away from the quay in an emergency, such as a fire, either on board or ashore. The cable must, of course, be resistant to fire hence a steel cable.
As I pointed out the standing part seems to under tension, which it would be if the major part is over the side with an eye spliced end hanging accessible to a tug.
As OS says the coil of cable could be stowed out of the way on the deck above, ready for use when needed - rather than being left as a tripping hazard on a working deck.
 

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Yes, if the fire wire was to be picked up by a tug, then the placement of things is understandable. Thank you, all of you.

This is the same ship, btw., photographed on the same occasion: https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/1230571/title/bomma-being-painted/cat/all and here it sems that the port side example goes from a wire reel aft of the boat deck and down to the vicinity on port side of where the man was standing on the starboard side, to emerge on the other side of the outer legs of the portal crane as a spring going forward.
 

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