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Pointless features on boats

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2 minutes ago, mross said:

OED has "Late Middle English: probably an alteration of obsolete windas, via Anglo-Norman French from Old Norse vindáss, literally ‘winding pole’."

On the old sailing ships the windlass was operated by men pushing on radial, wooden poles.  

So it would be synonymous with "capstan"?

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8 minutes ago, Athy said:

So it would be synonymous with "capstan"?

I think a capstan is just a type of windlass as it is sometimes called a capstan windlass.  Capstans have a vertical axis.

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45 minutes ago, mross said:

On the old sailing ships the windlass was operated by men pushing on radial, wooden poles.  

Capstan bars, surely?

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Burglar alarms... Pointless full stop even on a house.

Rosie and Jim dolls, ive said it already but it must be repeated...

Flags of your country, when you are from another country that is, nobody cares what country you are from.

 

 

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On 20/07/2017 at 12:14, Dave Payne said:

Flags of your country, when you are from another country that is, nobody cares what country you are from.

 

 

Back in 80s when designer clothes were all the rage, my mate had a tee shirt bearing the slogan:

"Its not who you are,
its what you wear.
Who cares who you are anyway?
"

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