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Origin of the Gypsy Wheel of the anchor windlass

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Leonidas
864158.  Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:58 am Reply with quote

I have been trying to trace the origin of the term "Gypsy Wheel" which is the part of a ship's anchor windlass which has pockets to accommodate the the anchor chain links . Any ideas how this part of the windlass was named as such ???

 
mckeonj
864162.  Sun Nov 13, 2011 8:41 am Reply with quote


This is the international Romani flag, with 'Gypsy Wheel' symbol against green grass and blue sky.

A tattoo picture of the 'Gypsy Wheel' alone, the spokes of the wheel are human figures.

Old style 'capstan' windlass; very similar visually to a 'wagon wheel'

 
Leonidas
864184.  Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:28 am Reply with quote

Thanks for prompt reply. Alternatively I understand that the gypsy wheel which was invented by Barbsten a French naval officer had "glyphs" carved onto the casting (Disque Glyphe') which upon translation into English as Glyphed Wheel was mispronounced by the sailors as Gypsy wheel. Any merit on this ???

 

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