Cathead of HMS Victory
The end of the stout timber projecting out from her bow is decorated with a carved and gilded crown. The cathead was often carved with a cat or lion’s head, which presumably frightened away wharf rats. As the massive iron anchor is brought up from the bottom and gets closer to the hull, there is the danger that the flukes could damage the hull, especially in rough waters. The cathead allows this operation to be carried out a short distance away from the hull.
A special tackle is fastened to the ring of the anchor and it is fished and catted (brought up and secured) in its riding position on the bow.
The black loop of rope that holds the anchor to the cathead is the “stopper”. This could simply be cut through to drop the anchor. The main anchor cable is bent onto the ring. The ring itself has been wrapped in cord as an anti- chafing measure called “puddening”.
The Queen Anne’s Revenge
An anchor from the wreck the Queen Anne’s Revenge, Blackbeard’s Flagship, has been recovered from the sea in 2011, where it had been since 1718.
Will Santa Claws Survive 2020?
The jury is out.
Any bets on when the rock will fall?
Any bets on how Creepy Joe will last in office before he dies of natural causes – and a nation mourns.
Winchester M1897 trench gun
Designed by John M. Browning, manufactured by the Winchester Repeating Arms Manufacturing Co. c.late 1918 based on their 1897 Riot model for military use notably during WW1
12 gauge brass buckshot shells, 6-round tubular magazine, pump-action repeater, shortened barrel, bayonet lug and heat shield.
The US entered World War 1 long after it devolved into trench warfare. This shotgun was a trench sweeper, devastating at close range and with a much faster rate of fire than the bolt action rifles then in use. The M1897 served from the war in the Philippines in 1900 to the various conflicts of the Cold War, with equal effect.
It Still Flies
A few dings…that should buff right out.
Obama the Girly Man
Hiding behind Michelle, who wore the pants and the strap-on.
Now, he’s writing his 3000 page autobiographical series in which he’s said to have butched up a bit.
The Dream of the Obama Era
Try not to harbor any unrealistic ambition. You’ll just be disappointed.
Is said to be hot on the trail of white supremacists, who are the real problem in America.
Definition: A “white supremacist” is said to be any white or Asian person (Mike_C, you’re lumped in.) who doesn’t drink the democrat Kool Aid.
Black Guns Matter