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Figure 4-10.–Vertical shaft anchor windlass. of the last white studs. At 60 fathoms, four links on each side of the detachable link are painted white, and four turns of wire are wrapped around each of the last white studs; and so on for each shot. Each link of the entire next-to-last shot is painted yellow. The last shot is entirely red. These last two shots give warning and danger signals of the approach of the bitter end of the anchor chain. CARE  OF  GROUND  TACKLE Anchors, chains, and appendages must be kept in good  condition  by  the  ship's  force.  The  chain  is overhauled  by  the  ship's  force  whenever  necessary,  and precautions are taken to see that the various shots are properly marked and in good order. Two competent petty officers are detailed to examine the chain as the chain comes in, when getting underway, from an anchorage. Each link is examined for cracks and other defects. Once each quarter, and more often if subjected to normal  use,  all  anchor  chains  in  sizes  up  to  and including 1 1/2 inches are laid on deck and their entire lengths  examined.  The  deck  pad  eyes  and  chain stoppers  are  inspected  for  cracks,  deformation,  and 4-8

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