Wednesday, February 3, 2016


If you've ever been aboard a Navy or merchant ship you undoubtedly are aware of a gigantic mechanical contraption known as a winch.

These are used for extending hoses over to adjacent ships for the purpose of refueling.  Or they have straps and belts hanging from them that fasten onto pallets, machinery, appliances, or motor vehicles for delivery to commercial ports.  

The first time I saw a winch I thought "My God, those cables are filthy.  I mean, look how thick that grease and gunk is on them.  How can anyone be so negligent as to allow that much crap to build up like that?  They need to scrub those cables down ...then polish them back up till they shine."

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