Here's my latest windlass, the upper one in the photo. The other one is my previous favourite.
I like the lower one as it is relatively light as it has only one socket, suitable for the smaller, more common, spindle size. But I have been caught out on occasion by a large spindle, which, of course, it won't fit. The "new" one has the advantage of the two sizes of socket. It has an attractively bulbous end to the handle, designed, presumably, to make it harder to drop. I have sanded the handle smooth - or smoothish - ready for action this weekend.
The "new" one appears to have been cast in a mould, whereas the other one was constructed by the more usual method (today, anyway) of welding.
I searched the internet for the characters stamped on it, "JHSG A4" and "14D5", with no success - but I found lots of references to a different type of windlass. It seems that a "windlass" on a sea-going boat is a device for lowering or raising the anchor. (How is it that I didn't know that before?)
When I clicked on the Wikipedia entry for (lock) windlass I was amused by the disparaging feel of the second sentence in the description of a windlass handle:
Handle: The handle is long enough for a two-handed grip and is far enough from the socket to give enough leverage to wind the paddle up or down. There may be a freely-rotating sleeve around the handle to protect the tender hands of a novice boater from the blisters which can be caused by the friction of a rough iron handle turning against soft skin.
Back to my windlass. There is also a set of four digits stamped on the arm: 1802. That is almost certainly not the date of manufacture, as I believe the all-purpose double-socketed windlass is a relatively late invention. In the early days I understand that many different types of windlass were in existence, each one suited to a particular canal company's paddle gear.
Can anyone explain my windlass's markings?
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