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    What exactly are these yokes used for?

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    Re: Really Silly Question

    Charlie,
    They're wings extending from the fo'c'sle (forward mooring deck) used by the Duty Officer/crew during mooring ops to eyeball what's going on.
    As you can see the fo'c'sle deck is completely enclosed on this ship, so they're essential so that those in charge can literally see what's going on outside, e.g. the position of tugs/fenders, are mooring lines ashore/fast/tight/slack etc.
    Not a daft question by any means, about the only ships I've seen with them are Cruise ships, ergo they are common but not massively.

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      Re: Really Silly Question

      Ah that makes sense - I've only seen them on cruise ships and I thought they may be mooring related. The question then is - where do the mooring lines come from? The only other openings I can see are beside the "wings".
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        Charlie,
        You can't really see them in this photo but at the same level and at regular intervals you should see fairleads for the mooring lines to pass through.

        Look here: http://www.ship-technology.com/projects ... -azura.jpg

        The small upright rectangular gaps are the roller fairleads from which the lines emerge, the slightly larger gaps are for observation purposes.

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