View Full Version : Hey nautical-type ppruners, is this supposed to happen?

17th Dec 2007, 19:23

17th Dec 2007, 19:28
Looks like someone wont be tugging this week!

green granite
17th Dec 2007, 19:53
It's called swallowing the anchor :E

17th Dec 2007, 21:30
...or repelling boarders.

17th Dec 2007, 21:42
Bit small for a tug boat - couldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding with that wee thing.

This is a proper tug boat:


17th Dec 2007, 22:12
The FSL will be along soon, but maybe that wee ship is a motorised foyboat?

tony draper
17th Dec 2007, 23:17
Sometimes the anchor is dropped deliberately(slowly) onto a smaller vessel which takes it some distance away and drops it, long chain gives the vessel summat to swing round when the tide turns,might have been what was intended there,must have been some red faces ont bridge and redder one's ont focsul head,generally the 1st Mates station when docking and letting go.

17th Dec 2007, 23:24
North Sea drilling platforms use anchor-handling boats - which are high-powered 'tugs' that carry chain away from the platforms. One such vessel was lost recently when it capsized due to an asymmetric load. Several crew-members perished:- http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/north_east/6552251.stm

tony draper
17th Dec 2007, 23:28
Or indeed the smaller vessel may have been there to service the anchor, change the batteries in it and such.

17th Dec 2007, 23:37
Like this?:- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbOdw7WaBm8

18th Dec 2007, 00:12
Forgive me if I missed the 'hook,' but 'change the batteries?'

In an anchor?

If it's not a wind up, I'd be very interested to learn more.

(as I did about toting an anchor elsewhere to drop it to allow for tidal swing, for example.)

18th Dec 2007, 00:17
The batteries are used in the scales when they weigh the anchor. Perhaps the Admiral will confirm?

tony draper
18th Dec 2007, 00:19
The other tradition about Anchors,when you retire from the sea ie walk down the gangplank for the last time,you seek out a small anchor hoist it over your shoulder and commence to walk inland,when someone stops you and asks you what that thing is you have on your shoulder,there you built your house.

Union Jack
18th Dec 2007, 00:26
" ... you seek out a small anchor hoist it over your shoulder and commence to walk inland ..."

but since even the smallest anchor is pretty heavy, this probably explains why so many sailors live not very far from the sea!


PS It's generally much easier to put an "oar" (Sp?) over your shoulder - you'll get much further inland ...

tony draper
18th Dec 2007, 00:37
Changing the batteries in the anchor is generaly a task given to first trippers Mr Brick,along with sending em down below to ask the chief for steam on the handrails.

18th Dec 2007, 00:38
That may be what he had in mind.

To get back to the pictorial incident; be fair, chaps. That larger vessel takes some starting, stopping and turning, and some hapless navigator or OOW was on the bridge there tracking in on leading marks, ticking off the degrees until he reached the transit to let go. Once he has passed that with the hook unreleased, great unhappiness will befall him, not the least of which is the captain. Captains are appointed to make others unhappy. These things are not like aeroplanes, you know. You can't just say: "Stop! Back up a yard or two!"

18th Dec 2007, 01:13
Ah, a nautical snipe hunt.
Well, I did ask..............

18th Dec 2007, 01:34
Think this was more a case of pilot boat in wrong place at wrong time!

18th Dec 2007, 08:24
No, it was probably a minor semantic confusion between "dropping the pilot" and "dropping on the pilot". That sort of misunderstanding can and alas! does occur all too easily at sea. It is the ability to take them in stride, to laugh at oneself, as it were, that led to the nomenclature "Jolly Jack".

18th Dec 2007, 08:40
Bet there'll be a few stern words over that incident!

Ancient Mariner
18th Dec 2007, 08:41
The Q was: Is this supposed to happen?
The A is: Yes, and the co-ordination was spot on.

tony draper
18th Dec 2007, 09:43
Never hide yer swag in the chain locker.:rolleyes:

Ancient Mariner
18th Dec 2007, 10:02
Basil, me old chief engineer so no knowledge of what those deck monkeys are on about. They break stuff, I used to fix it like I suspect you did too. :ok:

18th Dec 2007, 10:15
I don't think this sort of thing (http://www.evtv1.com/player.aspx?itemnum=7640) is supposed to happen either....

18th Dec 2007, 10:17
In an anchor? If it's not a wind up, I'd be very interested to learn more.

I think you'll find that all anchors are the wind-up type.:)

Ancient Mariner
18th Dec 2007, 10:19
It was actually the bridge operator who lowered the bridge a bit premature. Amazingly no one killed. The whole story is fascinating reading, but I'm too lazy to dig up a link. Sorry!

18th Dec 2007, 10:28
Difficult to fathom how that could happen. :rolleyes:

18th Dec 2007, 10:37
I think you'll find that all anchors are the wind-up type. :)

No, some are the lock-up type (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchorite).... :}

18th Dec 2007, 10:39
Is this a scene from Mr. Bean's new movie?

18th Dec 2007, 10:51
The story behind the boat/bridge smash - truly sad (though no injuries):- http://www.boatnerd.com/windoc/

18th Dec 2007, 10:51
Then there was the tugboat that went under the bridge - the hard way (http://digitalimaging.patyuen.com/shootout/cp5kvg2/tugboat/tugboat.htm). :}

18th Dec 2007, 11:06
Good. Now do me a roll to port.

tony draper
18th Dec 2007, 11:26
That was indeed a spectacular one Mr ORAC, wasn't there a vid clip of that incident knocking about a couple of years ago?,sure I seen one but it could be me remembering that's at fault.
Incidentally bridges across rivers are nowt but a nuisance.:uhoh:

Flip Flop Flyer
18th Dec 2007, 15:21
Airborne Artist

Pah, that's nothing short of nothingness compare to this here vessel:


Which, according to maersk.com, is actually an anchor-handling tug. 23500 bhp to throw around, or so it says.

18th Dec 2007, 16:21
I think the boat was waiting for a mooring rope to be lowered down to him rather than getting an anchor dropped on him. The bloke came out of the wheelhouse at a rate of knots didn't he! I hope the water was warm..

18th Dec 2007, 16:55
I think the boat was waiting for a mooring rope to be lowered down to him rather than getting an anchor dropped on him. Easy to see how the confusion arose, seeing as how they don't do readback AFAIK . . .

18th Dec 2007, 17:46
Yes, all very well, but I want to hear what the little boat had to say to the big boat afterwards:}.

On second thoughts, maybe he said it before and that was the reason for the dropped anchor.