Model, Providence Steam Pump-brake Windlass, 1884

Model, Providence Steam Pump-brake Windlass, 1884

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The model represents a late 19th-century windlass made by the American Ship Windlass Company in Providence, Rhode Island. A piece of machinery used on ships to lift and lower heavy objects such as anchors, cables, lines or chains, this windlass was powered by
steam. Pump or hydraulic brakes were included, so that when steam power was not available, the windlass could be hand operated. The Smithsonian received this model from the manufacturer in 1884.
Currently not on view
Object Name
windlass, steam, model
Other Terms
windlass; Maritime; Steam
date made
associated place
United States: Rhode Island
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
overall: 11 1/2 in x 11 in x 10 in; 29.21 cm x 27.94 cm x 25.4 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of American Ship Windlass Co., Providence Rhode Island
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Work and Industry: Maritime
America on the Move
Ship Models
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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