- Nov 18, 2018
I have spent more than a few hours searching the internet for any information regarding this question, but can't even find a clue. I assume that La Salamandre is not the only ship that had bilge pumps with cleats mounted at the top of the pump spear instead of pump handles. Obviously this means that ropes were tied to the spears, but then what? I can imagine that, on certain ships like Salamandre, pump handles could get in the way of other operations. I can even imagine a couple of ways this might be rigged, but I would really love to KNOW how these pumps were rigged and why it was done that way. I'm thinking it would be a nice educational feature for my model if I could accurately portray this arrangement.