The history of anchor chain
- Wrought iron cables were first recorded as having been made by Robert Flinn, a blacksmith,and used for the ship Ann & ISABELLA
- Iron cables were recorded with other particulars of the ship.
- The record P.I.C.(Iron Cable Proved) was introduced.
- 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
- Rules specified that cable must have been tested and have the test load stamped on them. The Surveyors were to see the certificates.
- The certificates of test of chain cables were required to be produced prior to classification.
- The Rules stated that the length and condition of chain cables were to be ascertained by removal from the locker at each special survey.
- 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.
- 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
- Joint Stock Companies opened Licensed Proving Houses at Tipton and Netherton.
- Test to Breaking strain introduced into Lloyd's Register Rules.
- Testing machines in other countries recognised by Lloyd's Register after
inspection by surveyors provided cables intended for vessels of other thanBritish registry.
- Lloyd's Register Rules gave a Table of Minimum weights for cables.
- Steel shackles and anchors generally accepted by Lloyd's Register.
- Flash welded "Ego"cables approved.
Source.LLOYD‚r'S REGISTER STAFF ASSOCIATION
SESSION 1938-39. PAPER No.7