- Mar 18, 2013
Ever see a ship lose an anchor? Or see the wildcat fail while hauling an anchor chain up? Ft Or those of you that haven't imagine this .. the anchor on the end of the chain is not what holds a ship in place how ever it's the weight of the total amount of chain let out. Each one of those links weighs 100 + pounds and lengths of 100s of ft move into the tons this change gets let over the side in a controlled manner using winches with drum breaks like your car except much much larger scale.. these friction breaks are ment to slow the speed that the chain is let out to a controllable speed in that the friction breaks can stop the release with out being over competed with by the weight of the chain. On occasion the speed at which the chain is released is more then the created friction can resist an thus the breaks lose control, when this happens the crew manning the forecastle attempt to apply more and more friction to hopefully over come the speed of the release and stop the chain. If that fails the chain is painted white yellow and red called shots, these shots help identify how much chain is left because the very end of the chain is not attached to anything.. the saying goes see red your dead because by the time you see red the end of the chain will come whipping out of the locker at a high rate of speed thrashing thousands of pounds is steal about.2023 ??
I'm assume your baby career end much before mine started though that's just an assumption which we know what assumptions make out of us lol." Look at that super structure it's tiny.. that thing is mostly flight deck "
All aircraft carriers are mostly flight deck . Kinda the point
It's the Zumwalt , named for Admiral Elmo Zumwalt .
Not the " zumbalt "
I guess we'll have to wait and see how worthless she is .
" I'm wondering if it's just because of testing that the crew looks bare bones, because every carrier I've ever seen or visited was a rainbow of flight deck crew running everywhere "
Yes , it's just ships company and not full flight ops with ordnance .
You visited a Nimitz Class at sea ?
Speaking of anchor chains , we dragged ours several hundred yards before pulling it up and going to sea due to a massive storm moving out into the Med . We were anchored off Marseille , France .
First and only time that ship looked small to the wave state .
I woke up to the propellers cavitating ( our berthing was way aft , just above the screws ) .
" wait -- uhhh , how the F are the props cavitating if we're at anchor ?? " --- then the banging on my rack to be told to go light-off 2 plant ,, with skeleton crew .
" That fast transport ship really doesn't have much of a use either "
LOL . What ?
So my local hobby shop is mocking me.. the other day I took a trip out to my local brick front hobby shop it's roughly 40 mins away give or take with traffic. This isn't horrible it's just the route to get there from my location isn't exactly a pleasent drive. Anyways while I was there I asked one of the employees about the USS Kearsarge kit seeing how they had a slightly above average selection of paint and model kits with a few higher end ship kits ranging in size from waterline to 1/350, I figured there would be a chance they could source my kit. The employee found my kit and said they could order it and the cost would be 68 dollars. Now I'm the kinda guy who will spend my money on something more easily but only if it's right there right then so I get that instant satisfaction if taking the item home with me, unfortunately 68 dollars was about 30 dollars higher then what I've found online and I'd be paying up front and waiting for delivery with the issue of having to take a trip back to pick it up to boot. So I choose to pass on this and said I would think on it, that night I decided If I was gonna wait I'll buy the kit for 43 bucks online and have it shipped to my house.I will admit Grammer is not my strong suite but I will try to do a better job of it for you shipmate cause you advice is helping me not become a shipwreck