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Dick
31-07-2009, 16:45
On pictures of RN destroyers in WW2 you normally see a line looping down along the side of the hull forward. What was the purpose of this line? Was it the man overboard line?

Two examples shown in these pictures...

Francis Stanley
31-07-2009, 17:03
Dick
The most likely answer is that it is the boat rope to the sea boat,
This has been covered on another thread but basically the rope goes to one of the ships boats which can be launched at sea quickly to respond to a task or an emergency, (man overboard etc) the boat ropes long lead from for'd helps keep the boat in the ideal launching position when lowered and also aligns it for recovery, the long lead also helps keep the bow from digging into a wave and the sea boat to safely swing out from the ship once released from the falls.

Dick
31-07-2009, 17:25
Thank you very much indeed Francis.

Cheers

Batstiger
31-07-2009, 19:08
Here you are Dick have a look at this.

http://www.worldnavalships.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4512&highlight=ariadne

Bob.

Dick
04-08-2009, 17:18
Thank you Bob. I had somehow overlooked that thread!

Cheers