Asked in Definitions, Inventions
What is a windlass?
A windlass is a rope around an axle, used for winding and lifting. The rope and handle that lifts a bucket of water out of a well is a windlass. A: Windlass, noun, meaning any of various modifications of the wheel and axle employing a revolving cylinder, used for hoisting or hauling. verb intransitive, to use a windlass. verb transitive, to hoist by means of a windlass. also Windlass, noun, a circuitous movement, especially to intercept game; an indirect, crafty action. verb intransitive, to take a roundabout...
Asked in Chinese Language and Culture
What is a Chinese windlass?
a Chinese windlass or differential windlass is two drums of two different diameters turning on the same shaft with the rope unwinding from the smaller drum and winding on the large drum at the same time adding extra mechanical advantage . ...
Asked in Jobs & Education, Cold War, Mining
What gold mining tool was made first?
the pick was the first ever mining tool created. it was created to make digging easier for the miners when shaft mining. the windlass was the second created. it was invented for bringing bukets of dirt to the surface and then the buket would be winded back down under ground. the windlass also carried fully grown men. ...
Asked in Australia Gold Rushes
What is a Windlass used for in goldfields?
The windlass was one of the slower methods of mining for gold. Two people were required to operate it, one at the surface and one in the mine shaft. The person in the shaft filled a bucket with potential gold-bearing soil and rocks, and the person on the surface operated the windlass to wind up the bucket. The contents of the bucket were then sorted through, perhaps in a cradle or a pan. ...
Asked in Poptropica
When applying a tourniquet how times is the windlass rod twisted?
Type your answer here... No more than three times
Asked in History of Maritime
What are things found in forecastle deck of the ship?
anchor, anchor windlass, mooring lines, seamen. flag
Does windsor mean anything?
Windsor means 'a landing place with a windlass'. The town of Windsor is situated on the River Thames, an important transport route. A windlass is a hoisting device using a horizontal roller which when turned, winds a rope around itself. Thus useful for hauling boats ashore ...
Asked in Large Ships
What is the mechanism that pulls up an aircraft carriers anchor?
An anchor windlass, or a very large capstan with a catspaw at the base.
What are the origins of the Word Windlass with regard to the sailing winch?
A windlass is a type of winch, fitted with a wildcat for hauling chain, and/or a gypsy for rope. Windlasses have horizontal drums or wheels for handling heavy anchor chains, hawsers, etc. From what I can tell, it comes from the Old Norse for winding things around a pole: Vin and ass. ...
When was the first windlass used in Australia?
The earliest windlasses were believed to have been used in one of the first penal collieries (coal-mining) in Tasmania. This colliery, which was run by convict labour, operated from 1843-1844, long before the goldrushes when windlasses were more common. the windlass was used to draw water up out of the mines. ...