A capstan is a revolving steel "vertical spindle" mounted on a drum that is rotated manually. Sailors used capstans as pulleys to move very heavy equipment on or about their vessels, with rope, chain or cable. Sailors would place long wood or steel poles in the top holes and walk clock or counter clockwise, as rope, chain or cable coiled around the center of the unit creating great leverage for pulling or lifting.
These particular capstans are Antique Manual or Crank Capstans. They were made by the American Ship Windlass Company founded by Col. Joe Manton in Providence, Rhode Island. The cap of each capstan is made of cast iron and is detailed depicting an anchor in the center with a floral design around it and the word "HOPE" at the top. Patented November 12th, 1889.
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