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Belaying pin from the Japanese training ship NIPPON MARU

Date: 1930-1990
Overall: 1580 x 230 x 375 mm, 3150 g
Medium: Wood (lignum vitae)
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from the Trustees of the Sydney Training Depot
Classification:Tools and equipment
Object Name: Belaying pin
Object No: 00047426

User Terms

    Large wooden belaying pin made from lignum vitae or ironwood.

    SignificanceNIPPON MARU was built in 1930, and was previously known as the SWAN OF THE PACIFIC. It is conserved in Yokohama, Japan. It was used for sea training for more than half a century.
    HistoryNIPPON MARU II was built in 1984, equipped with two diesel engines as a substitute ship to take the place of the former NIPPON MARU. It is the first and largest sized sail training ship to be built using only Japanese technologies including design and manufacture of sailing gears.

    The belaying pin is very worn in the rope groove and was probably discarded as no longer strong enough for the running rigging. It was displayed at the Len E Forsythe Museum at Sydney Training Depot, Snapper Island, Sydney Harbour, from 1931 until 2005.

    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Wooden belaying pin from the Japanese training ship NIPPON MARU

    Collection title: Len E Forsythe Snapper Island Collection

    Web title: Belaying pin from the Japanese training ship NIPPON MARU

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