The Transition from Hemp to Chain Cable: Innovations and Innovators

By John Harland, published February 2013


The advent of chain cable in 1812 resulted in changes in the way ground tackle was handled by the Royal Navy. Ships had to be capable of handling both hemp and chain cable, and the capstan was fitted with sprockets to maintain grip on chains.  Devices to arrest the cable as it ran out were tried, and the innovators are listed and evaluated.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Science & Exploration | Ship Handling & Seamanship

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