E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image Marine Museum. Belem, Portugal

Marine Museum. Belem, Portugal

 
Breeches Buoy rescue equipment

edit:
I have absolutely no idea how or why I had managed to label this as a "Fire Engine"    *- insert red-faced smiley -*
Thanks to my husband for the following ...

This is a "Breeches Buoy" set.
There would have been small rockets in the boxes at the front, to fire thin rope lines across to a ship in distress.
Thicker lines would then be pulled across to the ship,
these would be attached to a tree or rock on shore and to the ship's mast. They would have been tightened using a block and tackle, which would also be in one of the boxes.

The white cork ring has a pair of canvas 'breeches' beneath it and was suspended from the thick rope.

Thin ropes are attached to both sides of the ring, so people could be pulled to shore, and the life-buoy pulled back to the ship.

The megaphone is for shore to ship communication.


This series of archive pictures shows one in use

http://www.schoonerman.com/sailingterms/breeches_buoy.htm

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We have visitors until 15th April

Marine Museum. Belem, Portugal

 
Breeches Buoy rescue equipment

edit:
I have absolutely no idea how or why I had managed to label this as a "Fire Engine"    *- insert red-faced smiley -*
Thanks to my husband for the following ...

This is a "Breeches Buoy" set.
There would have been small rockets in the boxes at the front, to fire thin rope lines across to a ship in distress.
Thicker lines would then be pulled across to the ship,
these would be attached to a tree or rock on shore and to the ship's mast. They would have been tightened using a block and tackle, which would also be in one of the boxes.

The white cork ring has a pair of canvas 'breeches' beneath it and was suspended from the thick rope.

Thin ropes are attached to both sides of the ring, so people could be pulled to shore, and the life-buoy pulled back to the ship.

The megaphone is for shore to ship communication.


This series of archive pictures shows one in use

http://www.schoonerman.com/sailingterms/breeches_buoy.htm

.....

We have visitors until 15th April

comments (16)

  • alex
  • 10 Apr 2007, 00:23
always interesting looking at old things like this...this one's in very good condition, it looks like. either well maintained or well restored.
EJWilkins: Probably a bit of both ... well maintained and carefully restored for display. Thanks Alex
(P.S. It isn't a fire engine! wink )
Very interesting. Good subject.
EJWilkins: Thanks smile
  • sparklite
  • Toronto, Canada
  • 10 Apr 2007, 00:27
Wow, that's really cool. I never knew they had fire 'trucks' that looked like that! very original.
EJWilkins: Errm, this is where the red-faced smiley comes into action. I have no idea why I called it a fire engine because it's a "Breeches Buoy".
It almost looks like a toy, but it wasn't one. I'm sure it was very helpful in putting out fires. Nice picture, Ellie!
EJWilkins: Errm, this is where the red-faced smiley comes into action. I have no idea why I called it a fire engine because it's a "Breeches Buoy".
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 10 Apr 2007, 03:57
Wow! And...with coils of rope rather than fire-hose. They must have had different techniques for putting out fires in those days...perhaps they tied it up, and then spoke sternly to it through the megaphone. [grin]

very interesting image, Ellie, and nicely presented.
EJWilkins: Errm, this is where the red-faced smiley comes into action. I have no idea why I called it a fire engine because it's a "Breeches Buoy". wink
Nice shot, though I'm surprised they allowed photography inside the museum. Most museums here in India don't let you take pictures and that turns me off smile
EJWilkins: This section of the museum is like a hangar, it's huge. There are a couple of aircraft in here as well as a number of Royal Barges and some sailing boats. There are massive windows along the side and part of the roof is glazed too. In this area it was OK to take pictures, although I wouldn't have used a flash.
And funny... You were lucky Ellie !!
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 10 Apr 2007, 08:30
I started laughing when I saw this fire engine was white, Ellie. Ours are red in the States because supposedly you see them better. But what's funny is that when I bought my white car, I was told that white is the best color for a car because it's the most visible (supposedly fewer accidents?). And red is the color that catches the policeman's eye first for tickets. smile

Anyway, I guess they knew back then that everyone would see the white fire engine (with red wheels!). Pulled by horses?? Oh my. "Those were the days, my friend, we thought they'd never end."

I like the from-above perspective, Ellie, so that we can see all the details.
EJWilkins: You'll laugh even more when you realise I somehow called this a fire engine, which was a mistake because it's a Breeches Buoy set. smile Blame it on the need to get pictures queued for a week or so in one go!

I've edited in some information about it.
The 'above' position is because the picture was taken from a raised viewing area, it wasn't easy to get a clear shot at ground level because of other items on display in the huge hanger-like building.
this is really interesting Ginnie
EJWilkins: wink Thanks Nicola
  • Elsie
  • 10 Apr 2007, 10:14
Interesting Ellie smile Nice shot, the muted tones and colours are great.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 10 Apr 2007, 14:18
Thanks for sharing this. I had not seen one before, but read about them. It is interesting how wide the wheels are. It is clearly made to deal with sandy beaches.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 10 Apr 2007, 18:54
I have an idea how this little wonder becomes a fire engine. Late night and red wheels smile

I must confess since I haven't seen a thingy like this in my life, your misnomer would have passed me by.

Excellent clear picture and a fine description by mr Ellie. I can now see how it will work.
  • Deb
  • 10 Apr 2007, 20:27
Gosh I would have called it a fire engine, too, Ellie!
  • chris p
  • waiting for the first cuckoo!
  • 10 Apr 2007, 23:12
It does look like a fire engine Ellie grin
It is peculiar Ellie. It would not know to say if it is a model on scale or natural size. He is interesting.
Interresting - I'm very fond of this kind of engine smile

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