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J. W. M
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The following may be of passing interest to readers.
Similar techniques for securing hawse and spurling pipes continue in use in merchant vessels to this day, although obviously with dedicated bower anchors and chainlockers and lack of accomodation forward, the reasons for doing so have changed. Now, covering spurling pipes is done simply to prevent unwanted water ingress into chain lockers.
In my own time deepsea, during the 1950s and 60s, for longer passages spurling pipes were sealed by various alternatives or combinations thereof. These included wooden bungs or steel half-plates, gaiter-like canvas sleeves secured around cable/spurling pipe lip by lashings and burlap stuffed into the pipe and sealed with cement.
During more recent positioning voyages in small hoppers and dredgers I have seen the latter technique used but adapted to the 20th century by substituting polystyrene-foam aerosols in lieu of cement.
Subject to the method of stowing anchors, hawse pipes are still provided with steel half plates, slotted to marry up to chain links and sliding in channels. While neither water-tight nor weather-proof, such covers prevent significant quantities of water arriving on the focsle head via hawse pipes if the vessel pitches heavily.