Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Washington's Watch Chain

The lifting devices, like the capstan, lever, block and tackle, are all easily portable and go back to ancient Roman times. The chain was made of formidable 2½-inch thick iron, each link was twenty six to thirty eight inches in length, weighing approximately one hundred pounds each, with nine or ten links to a section, plus a huge joining clevis and a swivel. It certainly was effective. The British never attempted to break it.

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