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Offline Longpockets

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Re: Hammer and chisel ship launching
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2015, 18:01:48 »
         At a very rough guess I would say it would be to cut the "Weak Link" holding the ship back on its launching cradle, allowing it then to start the controlled slide down into the water.   

Grandarog has it spot on.

It would appear, after an internet search, it was in use to launch HMS Lion Battlecruiser in 1910 (built at Devonport). The ship launch ceremony was cutting a rope with a mallet and chisel after breaking a bottle of wine across her bows.

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Re: Hammer and chisel ship launching
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2015, 06:54:07 »
         At a very rough guess I would say it would be to cut the "Weak Link" holding the ship back on its launching cradle, allowing it then to start the controlled slide down into the water.
        Not being in any way navy or dockyard familiar, I am sure some one on here will either substantiate my guess or provide the full correct information you require. :)

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Hammer and chisel ship launching
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2015, 22:55:18 »
Good evening

Can some one please tell me what function  a hammer and chisel were  used for in ceremonial ship launching ?

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dockyard guy

 

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