The history of anchor chain

  1. Wrought iron cables were first recorded as having been made by Robert Flinn, a blacksmith,and used for the ship Ann & ISABELLA

  1. Iron cables were recorded with other particulars of the ship.

  1. The record P.I.C.(Iron Cable Proved) was introduced.

  1. Lloyd's Register Rules stated the length of cable to be supplied,but did not mention sizes or tests. There Rules gave a reduced length for iron cables as compared with hempen cables in the ratio 6/7

  1. Rules specified that cable must have been tested and have the test load stamped on them. The Surveyors were to see the certificates.

  1. The certificates of test of chain cables were required to be produced prior to classification.

  1. The Rules stated that the length and condition of chain cables were to be ascertained by removal from the locker at each special survey.

  1. Suggested standard for length and size of chain cables issued; reduction sallowed on sizes of chain cables which had withstood Admiralty test at a PublicProving Machines.

  1. Lloyd's Register instituted a Rule requiring anchors and chain cables to be tested at Public Machines. In this year the Society established a ProvingHouse on river frontage at Poplar .This Proving House was closed by the Committee in 1873, but it was leased by Trinity House until 1875, when it was finally closed.

  1. Joint Stock Companies opened Licensed Proving Houses at Tipton and Netherton.

  1. Test to Breaking strain introduced into Lloyd's Register Rules.

  1. Testing machines in other countries recognised by Lloyd's Register after inspection by surveyors provided cables intended for vessels of other thanBritish registry.

  1. Lloyd's Register Rules gave a Table of Minimum weights for cables.

  1. Steel shackles and anchors generally accepted by Lloyd's Register.

  1. Flash welded "Ego"cables approved.


SESSION 1938-39. PAPER No.7

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