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ddraigmor

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Towing terms for the non initiated!
« on: 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



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Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
« Reply #1 on: 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

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Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2007, 13:56:06 »
Jonty,

That is superb !

Cheers

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Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
« Reply #3 on: 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. :)

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Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
« Reply #4 on: 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

 
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Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
« Reply #5 on: 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
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Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
« Reply #6 on: 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
« Last Edit: December 16, 2007, 03:02:09 by TugMaster »
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Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
« Reply #7 on: 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
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Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2007, 23:37:14 »
No more Rum for TugMater. He's been cut off till next Saturday.

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Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2007, 15:47:55 »
Me, allowed nothing to drink ....with my reputation  ;)
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Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2007, 20:12:19 »
Now, Now! No baiting the Tugmaster.....
We hope we don't have to tell you why.....

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Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
« Reply #11 on: 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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Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2008, 08:21:11 »
HI ALL ; How meany ROPES on a boat . And where is it located .  PUFFIN

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Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
« Reply #13 on: 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".
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Fair winds, and following seas....
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Re: Towing terms for the non initiated!
« Reply #14 on: August 02, 2008, 18:22:52 »
Here's one for you mates....what is a "Blue Peter" commonly used for?
Fair winds, and following seas....
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