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Old 08-03-2012, 11:22   #1
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Passenger Drops Cruise Ship Anchor Underway

This story sounds like an inebriated passenger caused a ship's anchor to free fall while underway. If they were in deep water, I would think serious damage would result.

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Old 08-03-2012, 11:47   #2
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You wouldn't want to be asleep on a lower deck when all that chain runs out.

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World full of jackasses
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I say Keelhaul the blaggard!!
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Re: Passenger Drops Cruise Ship Anchor Underway

If the anchors are like the US Navy ships they are not attached at the bitter end and will run free of the ship if the water is Way Deep. If not all that weight would rip the guts right out of what ever it was fastend to. Did not say if the anchor was lost only dropped but if he could not stop it then it would have been lost overboard and that a salvage job!
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Re: Passenger Drops Cruise Ship Anchor Underway

He really should have grabbed hold of the running chain to keep it from going overboard.
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Wily coyote and his little umbrella hahaha
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He really should have grabbed hold of the running chain to keep it from going overboard.
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It was an accident... honest.
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happens more than once, maybe they should take precautions to prevent
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Re: Passenger Drops Cruise Ship Anchor Underway

I vaguely remember hearing about this a couple of years ago when it first happened. Justice takes a while it seems.
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Oops.
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My Daddy always said " theres only one cure for stupidity Death !" it's a wonder his stolen gloves did not catch on the out going chain !! or to bad depends on your opinion ! I guess
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Re: Passenger Drops Cruise Ship Anchor Underway

Although I'm not surprised a drunken idiot tried to do this, I'm a bit surprised he managed to actually to pull it off. Dropping an anchor on a large ship isn't exactly a 2 minute job and it's also not something you'd be able to do in a drunken stupor. Assuming it wasn't already set to let go (and that's unlikely) you have to lift the riding pawl, remove the devil's claw, and then back off the brake on the windlass. This usually takes some strength and a very large wrench. Plus, every ship I've been on can either see the windlass from the bridge or at the very least has a video camera to monitor it. Not that the ship's crew is at fault here (drunken passengers will always find a way to surprise you no matter what you do to protect their safety) but I bet cruise ship security measures will likely change on account of this incident.

As for the idiot that caused the ruckus, he should be sent to a Mexican jail to serve his time. Two months in a Mexican jail should sober his sorry butt pretty nicely.
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Re: Passenger Drops Cruise Ship Anchor Underway

Sounds odd that the anchor would be so easy to release out at sea. I thought that big ship anchors are always elaborately secured once you get away from the coast. I would think that you would need power on the windlass, tools, and a lot of determination, IF the anchor was properly secured. If, on the other hand, the anchor was just hanging from the windlass, such that a drunken passenger with gloves could drop it just like that, then surely the cruise ship crew bears a considerable amount of fault.
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Interesting story. A free running anchor on a large ship is a very dangerous thing. I'd be interested to learn more about what exactly happened and what was done to prevent serious damage to the ship.

You don't normally need power to the windlass to let go an anchor, although you might if the chain has been eased against the riding pawl or if the windlass is left engaged (thus locking it in place). But otherwise, you and I are saying pretty much the same thing. It's not likely the crew left the anchor hanging unattended purely on the windlass brake. That's dangerous and very poor seamanship. But that is one possible scenario and if that is the case the crew will likely get a reprimand of some sort. The other scenario is that the drunken idiot managed to figure out how to raise the riding pawl, unhook the devils claw, disengage the windlass and ease the windlass brake. Done in the wrong sequence the anchor won't fall.
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