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    Default Today’s Mystery Object:

    I remember these being sold, and reviewed in the yachting Press. I know what it is and I know that at least two of the lead “biscuits” which fit over the shank are missing, but can anyone remember the trade name under which this was sold? Was it a “Chum” or a “Sentinel” or another name?

    I thought it was a “Sentinel” and was sold by Pascal Atkey of Cowes, but I was wrong- see below...

    It gets a mention in FB Cooke* and in Claud Worth**

    The clever bit is that the weight holds the latch closed.

    Anyone else got one?

    * Page 378 of Dick Wynne’s Cooke Booke.

    ** Slightly sulky reference in the footnote to page 53 of “Yacht Cruising”, because Worth didn’t patent it and someone else did!

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    Default Re: Today’s Mystery Object:

    Also known as an angel. I love the latch but I think it's rigged in a bit of a tangle if the bale sticking out to the left is meant to flip over the gate on the right side.

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    Default Re: Today’s Mystery Object:

    Over here I have heard them referred to as an "Angel"

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    Default Re: Today’s Mystery Object:

    I don't know the brand name but those are sometimes called kellets. Here's an amusing review of a few used in a test: https://www.practical-sailor.com/iss...ry/4898-1.html
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    Default Re: Today’s Mystery Object:

    Just for grins I entered the image url into google image search. Google's AI guess is a serpent, as in snake. And we want AI driving cars?

    This is an interesting list of nautical terms that has several other names:
    https://www.cambridgeschoolofnavigation.co.uk/s-sierra
    Sentinel
    A hook invented by Mr. W Etty Potter for attaching a weight (a chum, kellet or angel) to an anchor rode.


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    Default Re: Today’s Mystery Object:

    Gronicle brace with assisted member extender. very popular in Victorian times usually only sold in shops specialising in well, health aids. 'Not for me of course but my chum is looking for an angel …. ' a variation on a Prince Albert.
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    Default Re: Today’s Mystery Object:

    Interesting that the weight and the 'slider' it attaches to have different names.
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    Default Re: Today’s Mystery Object:

    After taking the picture I took a look at the top of the thing.

    Cast into it are the words:

    CHUM
    FRANK GIBSON
    GORGIE*
    EDINBURGH

    So this one is not a Sentinel but a Chum.

    The latch is integral with the weight so the weight closes it over the chain.

    The bail is free to rotate, but does not pass over either the shackle or the weight. I am not sure what it is for. It may simply be a handle for carrying the device.

    I sense that this one, unlike some others that I have owned, is going to work nicely, once I have cast it some more “biscuits” It’s very well made.

    (*Gorgie is a district of Edinburgh, famous for Heart of Midlothian FC and the invention of the digestive biscuit).
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