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Tug Forum => Origins of Nautical Terms => : ddraigmor December 15, 2007, 10:45:22

: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: ddraigmor December 15, 2007, 10:45:22
It appears that the majority of members on here have never done 'the real thing' in terms of towage, so here we go with terms used in the industry to assist you! Feel free to add others as you see fit.

Bitts - Posts, heavily constructed, used to secure mooring or towing lines.

Bollards - as above but mounted double.

Bridle - Two short lengths of wire or chain formed as an inverted 'Y' and used as the connection between the tug and the tow.

Fairlead - Fittuing in the bulwarks of vessels to act as a guide for wire and rope and which prevents chafing.

Girding - When a tug capsizes during towing. Occurs when the tow is abeam or at 90 degrees to the tug's centreline and the 'capsize moment' happens. Also known as 'Girting'.

Gog / Gob rope - Used in towing and controls the position of the main tow rope against girding. In some parts of the UK it is known also as a gob rope, a bridle rope or a stop rope.

Molgoggers - These are also known, in some parts, as Norman pins or Stop pins. They are steel pins or rollers that are erected in a tugs bulwarks at the after end to guide the towline and preventing it from passing ahead of the beam.

Pendant / Pennant -  A short length of steel wire rope / man made fibre rope attached to a main tow line.

Spring - Part of a towline (usually only used on coastal, sea and deep sea tows) which introduces an elasticity in the whole length, and so reduces the loads used in towing. I never saw these used offshore or when towing rigs - but they were always used on the deep sea and coastal tugs I was on.

Tow beams - Also called Tow Bows in some parts of the UK - are protective bars running across the working deck which allow the tow to move without getting caught or 'snagged'.

Towline - The rope or wire that connects the tug to the tow!

We can do parts of a tug at a later date - but some of the terms I have used....oh dear!

Jonty



: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: tango December 15, 2007, 11:11:43
Thank you for that Jonty, I will know what all of you are talking about now!!!! ;D ;D ;D

Mark.
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: TugMaster December 15, 2007, 13:56:06
Jonty,

That is superb !

Cheers

TugMater
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: meechingman December 15, 2007, 15:38:20
Towing Horses were what we called them down here in Newhaven. Same thing!

"Tugmater"? The mind boggles, that's where all these little workboats come from, then. :)

Andy
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: manxman December 16, 2007, 01:07:42
I see TugMaster has started on the Christmas cheer early - He's reached the stage where he can't even remember his own name ! ;D

 
Cheers - Kenny
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: tango December 16, 2007, 01:46:23
You have met him then!!!!! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Mark.

PS Do you want to know what his nickname is??? :-X :-X
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: TugMaster December 16, 2007, 02:59:23
Ok, OK you P*ss takers

I was on a few bevvies

Gota sort out that spelling checker ! ...for my own name !

Get on with the thread !

Faithfully yours

TugMaSter  ;D
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: ddraigmor December 16, 2007, 04:08:46
Meechingman,

Towing horses, tow bows.....depends where you are in the UK, I guess. I'll have to ask Ray Jordan on SN what they called them on the UTC tugs.

Jonty
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: MILLERTIME December 17, 2007, 23:37:14
No more Rum for TugMater. He's been cut off till next Saturday.

Don M.
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: TugMaster December 19, 2007, 15:47:55
Me, allowed nothing to drink ....with my reputation  ;)
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: tugs December 19, 2007, 20:12:19
Now, Now! No baiting the Tugmaster.....
We hope we don't have to tell you why.....

8 )

[My very first emoticon and no smiley face!]
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: meechingman December 20, 2007, 06:39:38
I think it's because you have a space between the characters, Tugs.
Let's see..
:)
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8)

all typed in manually

Andy
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: Puffin May 12, 2008, 08:21:11
HI ALL ; How meany ROPES on a boat . And where is it located .  PUFFIN
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: Captain Jack August 02, 2008, 18:08:04
HI ALL ; How meany ROPES on a boat . And where is it located .  PUFFIN
There are NO ROPES on a boat! Once they cross the gunwale, they are properly called "lines".
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: Captain Jack August 02, 2008, 18:22:52
Here's one for you mates....what is a "Blue Peter" commonly used for?
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: bigford August 02, 2008, 19:43:35
a blue and white flag hoisted by a ship when she is ready to set sail
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: Puffin August 02, 2008, 23:51:45
GOOD ON YOU CAPT. JACK , BUT THERE IS ONE ROPE , AND IT IS ATTACHED TO THE BELL.
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: Footski August 03, 2008, 02:07:18
It is used to call the crew back to the ship prior to setting sail. It is a flag I believe.

Sorry Bigford, never spotted your post above..
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: Captain Jack August 03, 2008, 18:34:27
GOOD ON YOU CAPT. JACK , BUT THERE IS ONE ROPE , AND IT IS ATTACHED TO THE BELL.
Now I would have guessed that to be a lanyard, but that term really doesn't fit. A lanyard is described as a "line being used to tie something off." So, "rope" it is...I stand humbly corrected! :)
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: Captain Jack August 03, 2008, 18:45:27
a blue and white flag hoisted by a ship when she is ready to set sail
A Bravo Zulu to both Bigford and Footski, but that is what it is used for in port. Can you tell me what the "Papa" (or blue peter), means when a vessel is at sea? ;)
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: Captain Jack August 03, 2008, 18:51:40
An easy one for this forum. A vessel flying the "Zulu" flag means what?
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: bigford August 03, 2008, 20:59:22
you need one of these ;D
(http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q162/bigfordf550/drjack-2.jpg)
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: bigford August 03, 2008, 21:04:40
capt jack
   
   Nets on obstruction
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: Captain Jack August 04, 2008, 04:42:42
capt jack
   
   Nets on obstruction
Arrrrrgh! Too easy! I guess I'll have to delve deeper into my old class notes to stump you my friend!
Ok, your turn to come up with a "stump the coxswain" question.
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: bigford August 04, 2008, 05:49:54
only thing i could come up with

 what or where is Fiddlers Green?
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: CGAux26 August 04, 2008, 19:02:40
From the Colonies, the towing term "Hip Tow:"  This places the towing vessel alongside the tow.  It's useful in moving a tow around in close quarters, and docking the tow, where you can't get behind it.  The USCG method is to locate the towing vessel's stern aft of the stern of the tow, to give turning leverage.  Also, the towing vessel should be at an angle to the tow, with the stern swung out 15 degrees or so to overcome the sideways drag of the tow.  The preferred side figures the effect of prop walk, so a right hand prop tow boat should be on the port side of the tow.

Four lines are standard, and are preferably applied in this order: 
1. Bow line, a brest line from the tow boat's bow as near perpendicular as possible.
2. Towing strap, a spring line from forward on the towing vessel to near the stern of the tow.
3. Stern line, a brest line at the sterns of the vessels.
4. Reversing spring, from aft on the towing vessel leading forward to the tow.

All lines are made up bar taut, except the stern line.  This is the secret to controlling the tow while turning and backing.  Lotsa fenders between the two vessels.
Dave
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: Captain Jack August 05, 2008, 14:22:36
only thing i could come up with

 what or where is Fiddlers Green?
an imaginary "heaven" thought up by those ne'er do well seafarers that figured they couldn't get into the Christian version of heaven. Most of Custers 7th Army cavalry soldiers also reside in this place, I'm told.
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: Captain Jack August 05, 2008, 14:33:12
Ah...the infamous hip tow. One more box to be checked off as part of our Coxswains certification, right?
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: Captain Jack August 05, 2008, 14:38:22
Ok, a tougher question, and I'll use the slang that you'd likely here on the bridge:
What is a mo-board?
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: bigford August 05, 2008, 20:28:48
Maneuvering Board
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: CGAux26 August 05, 2008, 22:05:16
Yes, Captain Jack, hip tow checkoff is a biggie on the CX list.  IF I was still active in the CG Aux, and IF I still lived in your neck of the woods, I coulda checked you off.  I taught and checked off probably 2 or 3 dozen CX candidates over the years.  But I'm Retired from the Aux now.  It became not fun with all the constant moves toward LE and HS.
Dave
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: Captain Jack August 06, 2008, 19:14:46
Maneuvering Board
Former Navy by any chance?
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: Captain Jack August 06, 2008, 19:27:31
Very true true, Dave. When I went out into the gulf 35 miles in a 21' center console, and after calculating set and drift from datum, searched for five hours, and after finding stricken vessels, I was told by Station ****** that I was not to take the vessel in tow, but to stand by for another three hours and wait for a commercial salvage operator to arrive, I too decided I'd had  enough. Since that time I've devoted my volunteer efforts to my local fire department, and have now become a senior member with well over a thousand calls under my belt! It's the one place I've found where we do indeed "fight like we train" on a daily basis. And the best part is, someone says "thank you" every once in awhile.
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: CGAux26 August 11, 2008, 23:24:54
An illustration of the hip tow, using my new barge and Springer tug.
Dave
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: bigford August 12, 2008, 07:47:42
capt jack

  landlubber here, just fast with google ;D
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: Captain Jack May 05, 2009, 20:22:51
Time to revive this thread...if a vessel approaching you bow to bow, what are is intentions if he blows two whistles? (Horn toots, excetera)
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: Puffin May 05, 2009, 21:02:09
[THE BLUE PETER IS THE P FLAG OF INTERNATIONAL CODES . I'M ABOUT TO SAIL. It is a blue flag with a white square in the centre of it .                    PUFFIN
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: Puffin May 05, 2009, 21:07:41
]HI CAPTAIN JACK ; The reason for that is once you put a tow line on the vessel you are responsible for vessel and crew .    PUFFIN
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: Puffin May 05, 2009, 21:10:19
Time to revive this thread...if a vessel approaching you bow to bow, what are is intentions if he blows two whistles? (Horn toots, excetera)
  HI CAPTAIN JACK ; Is there clear vissability or resticted visability ?
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: Puffin May 05, 2009, 21:22:40
Jonty,

That is superb !

Cheers

TugMater HI TUG MASTER ; Next time you have a few too many . Have a lapel pin made with I , L , 2  and display it on your port side lapel .                PUFFIN
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: CGAux26 May 06, 2009, 18:10:24
Two short blasts when meeting head on indicates an intention to pass starboard-to-starboard, like they drive in jolly old England.  Or it means "I am directing my course to port."
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: Jarvo April 10, 2014, 12:09:30
Hi Folks

If all ropes on board are lines, when do they become hawsers????

Mark
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: Puffin April 10, 2014, 19:13:13
HI JARVO , THERE IS ONE ROPE ON A BOAT ?   WHERE IS LOCATED ?    PUFFIN
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: ray28507 April 10, 2014, 22:23:24
hi glen  good to hear you    would it be the anchor  rope? tow rope?  regards ray
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: Puffin April 10, 2014, 23:20:01
HI RAY , The only rope on a boat is on the bell all other are lines or hawsers  . ha ha ha puffin
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: Model Tug Man April 11, 2014, 04:26:54
What about the anchor rode??????

 :P
: Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
: Puffin April 11, 2014, 17:18:23
anchor rode on a tug is chain   . puffin