Antique lifesaving equipment
Antique Breeches Buoy line cutting block.
A rare Life Saving Apparatus Breeches Buoy Hawser cutting block. Circa 1890. The cutting block is in excellent condition and complete with all the original components: block, hinge, locking pin, internal cutting blades, levers and tripping lanyards. The block measures: 15 1/2" tall x 11 1/4" width (including arms).
The Breeches Buoy cutting block was used to retrieve the valuable hawser line once all the shipwrecked crew had been rescued.
Photo to the left shows the Breeches Buoy line cutting block closed.
This is how the Breeches Buoy lne cutting block was used:
A messenger line was fired over to the shipwreck using a cannon or rocket line gun, this line was then used to pull the thick hawser line over to the wreck and secured to the ship. The hawser line was then tensioned from land which enabled the breeches buoy to be pulled back and forth from ship to shore to rescue the ships crew. Once all the shipwrecked sailors had been rescued the line cutting block was fitted around the hawser and pulled out to the ship, when in position the tripping lines on the cutting block were pulled to operated the cutting blades. This method cut the hawser line close to the ship and enabled the valuable hawser line to be recovered.
Photo to the left shows the Breeches Buoy line cutting block opened.
Antique ship's lifebuoy or life ring.
This is an original full size cork and canvas covered lifebuoy or life ring. It has been hand painted with the name of the ship, port of registry, shipping line flag and Red Ensign.
This type of lifesaving device was invented around 1840 by Thomas Kisbee, who was a British Naval officer. They were also adopted for use aboard the Royal National Lifeboat Institution ( RNLI ) fleet of lifeboats in the UK in 1855.
Schermuly rocket line gun, breeches buoy line throwing equipment. pistol rocket apparatus for life saving from shipwreck.
Complete with original Schermuly line cartridge.
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