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#61
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Originally posted by Pellaz
I know from a recent Carnival BtF Tour that some ships carry a spare anchor on the bow near the ship's bell, but it would require a heavy-duty crane at a port to haul it up. It was either on the Vista or the Conquest where it was pointed out to us; if the latter, then Glory should also have one available.
Is there spare chain?
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The Triumph lost and anchor in Galveston one NYE cruise. We sailed late because of that.
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Originally posted by BullGator02
Getting on this boat Saturday. I can bring my anchor off my bay boat.
I’ll bring one too. It might hold, but that’d be a fluke...
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Originally posted by Cuervosar
Just spoke with the Captain.

He said “$&#*%#*#*%” & %&#*$/#*=*#$$&()(&”

Also, “Hold my beer.”

This made me laugh! Lol.
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Originally posted by BallFour4
I’ll bring one too. It might hold, but that’d be a fluke...


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#69
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Originally posted by Pellaz
I know from a recent Carnival BtF Tour that some ships carry a spare anchor on the bow near the ship's bell, but it would require a heavy-duty crane at a port to haul it up. It was either on the Vista or the Conquest where it was pointed out to us; if the latter, then Glory should also have one available.
I believe you are referring to a spare propeller. This is found and stored on the bow of the ship near the bell & crew rec area.
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Originally posted by AD5ZA
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Took a Floridian to get that. I wanted to say "Danforth and conquer" but...

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#71
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Originally posted by jas1178
I believe you are referring to a spare propeller. This is found and stored on the bow of the ship near the bell & crew rec area.
Some ships carry a spare propeller, some a set of propeller blades, if they use a variable pitch propeller, and some carry spare anchors.
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Wow lol I was on the ship. It really wasn’t as bad as everyone makes it sound. The only way we were affected was that we arrived in Grand Turk a couple hours late but they let us stay late so we got all of our time there. The captain kept in constant contact with the guests informing them of any updates. Other than that, It was business as usual. We were told by the cruise director that it was a mechanical error that caused the anchor to release, it was not human error.
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#73
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Originally posted by jas1178
I believe you are referring to a spare propeller. This is found and stored on the bow of the ship near the bell & crew rec area.
No, it was clearly a spare anchor. We were informed it weighed around ten+ tons. That's a tad excessive for a prop.
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Originally posted by Pellaz
No, it was clearly a spare anchor. We were informed it weighed around ten+ tons. That's a tad excessive for a prop.
Well, the relatively small propeller on my tanker weighs 17 tons. Even the Titanic's propellers were 38 tons each, and the largest propellers in the world, on the Emma Maersk and her sister ships of the Maersk Lines E-class container ships, weigh in at a whopping 131 tons. Most cruise ship propellers are in the 30-40 ton range.

But I do agree with you that some ships carry spare anchors.
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Pictures don’t lie. The glory has a spare anchor just forward of the crew hot tubs. There is also a spare anchor chain stored in the aft of the ship.used to work on the conquest class seen it first hand
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Given the configuration of the Conquest class aft mooring stations, I don't think they are storing a spare anchor chain there. A pile of 1000' of anchor chain takes up quite a lot of space. What I think you saw was a short (60' or so) length of chain that is part of the emergency towing arrangement required on all vessels. This chain is much more resistant to chafing and wear than a mooring line or wire, and in emergency towing situations the angle the line takes from the ship to the towing vessel can vary widely and not be optimum, so they use a short length of chain at the ship, and shackle this to a towing wire or synthetic line.
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Originally posted by Scrapninja
Wow lol I was on the ship. It really wasn’t as bad as everyone makes it sound. The only way we were affected was that we arrived in Grand Turk a couple hours late but they let us stay late so we got all of our time there. The captain kept in constant contact with the guests informing them of any updates. Other than that, It was business as usual. We were told by the cruise director that it was a mechanical error that caused the anchor to release, it was not human error.
I was also on this cruise and it did cause a bit of excitement - after leaving San Juan harbour and heading out to sea, all of a sudden noted more 'rocking' and then not moving? Captain did come on to explain the situation - did not sound too serious or that we were in any danger.

We just sat there rocking and rolling -and to be quite honest the cruise itself was a bit rocky and this was not as bad as some of the rough seas we had already experienced LOL.

We were 'stuck' for over 4 hours and things on the ship were going on as usual (dinner/comedy club/etc)...and we finally started moving after 8:30 pm - with as mentioned an adjusted stop in Grand Turk (1:30 to 7 pm)....

Glad it went smoothly and that everyone was safe and sound!
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#78
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Sorry for the confusion on my last post. Spirit class and two fantasy class carry spare propellers - Conquest is the anchor.
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Originally posted by jas1178
Sorry for the confusion on my last post. Spirit class and two fantasy class carry spare propellers - Conquest is the anchor.
It would make perfect sense for large ships to carry both as spares. I'm sure that neither are off-the-shelf parts. Without spares on board, loss or damage could render the ship out of service for months.
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Originally posted by chengkp75
Well, the relatively small propeller on my tanker weighs 17 tons. Even the Titanic's propellers were 38 tons each, and the largest propellers in the world, on the Emma Maersk and her sister ships of the Maersk Lines E-class container ships, weigh in at a whopping 131 tons. Most cruise ship propellers are in the 30-40 ton range.
Wow, I stand corrected, in a big way.
But I do agree with you that some ships carry spare anchors.
It was indeed in the same spot as in the photo of Glory, below. Just abaft the ship's bell and forward of the crew hot tubs....which seldom seem to be working whenever I see them.

Originally posted by Cjohiocruiser214
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