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PostIcon Posted on: Aug. 16 2001,1:57  Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

I assume the outboard ships were tied to the inboard ship. Question:
1) What kept the outboard ships fron rubbing up against the inboard ships?
2) Were there gangways between the inboard and outboard ships?
3) Were there gangways leading from the inboard ships to the quays?
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Larry,  To answer your questions . . .
1.  When ships are moored side-by-side, they are kept from contact (fendered) by a large wooden floats called "camels".  In the case of ships this size ( 600+ feet ), they would probably use two or possibly three.
2.  Gangways, or "brows" as they are also called, are almost always placed between moored ships, the primary one being in the quarterdeck area.  Commonly on ships of this size, a second brow may be placed on the forward part of the ship for the enlisted men's use.
3.  Sometimes; in fact if you go to http://www.navsource.org/Naval/helpers/ph203.jpg
You can see gangways to the quays on Nevada, Tennessee, and Maryland.  In most cases, the quay was simply a mooring point, and had no direct access to the shore, but the ships would also use the quay as a mooring point for their ships boats.

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Brian,
Thanks for the info. Much appreciated.
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Larry,   In addition to the above info and to further venture into the nautical side of things, here is something else you might be interested in.   The word "quay", as in mooring quay or quay wall, though commonly said as it is spelled, is actually pronounced as "key".
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