The lower sheaves of the western whim - shed 13

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Bruce Comfort on September 10, 2011

These are the first few pics of the whim driven winching system in Shed 13 on the Wellington waterfront. Preserved through sheer luck because the building was abandoned as redundant and unsafe but "historic" for over 50 years, this system comprising two whims and numerous pulleys on overhead wires running down both sides of the shed may be one of the best preserved examples of an hydraulic driven system from the 19 and early 20th Century anywhere in the world.

Watch this space.!

Bruce Comfort on September 26, 2011

This photograph was obtained with the access to the building granted by Mojo Coffee Company. The building is private property and no right of public access exists as far as I am aware. Inasmuch as Mojo encourages people to enter a small part of the building behind a yellow line, to look and purchase coffee beans etc, it is reasonable to say that some of this historic apparatus can be seen "through the door" The above comments apply to any photos of the interior of Shed 13 which I post on this website.

This is the bottom set of sheaves on the whim to the western end of the building.

If you look past the small office safe, the chimney brush and some other black rubbish, you can see the wooden copper lined and soldered tray which collected leaks from the whim and its packings and valves.

The two pulleys are cast and there is a fabricated "guard" over the bottom half of the pulleys to stop the ropes falling out of the grooves when they go slack.

The whim is about 3 metres long and about 140mm ID as far as I can judge. It is a ram, not a piston with a piston rod.

Bruce Comfort on March 3, 2012

There are not many ways a whim can be configured and I guess that one made by any competent foundry and engineering shop would look like one from anyone else, but these do bear a close resemblance to whims from the Elswick works of Sir William Armstrong and considering that the hydraulic network was established as the business of Armstrong was peaking in Tyneside UK and that the Harbour Board purchased Armstrong hydraulic cranes from the UK in the early days (to be confirmed - as I haven't examined the Board files in archive) it may be that these are Armstrong whims. No marks were visible to me on my first inspection.

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  • Uploaded on September 10, 2011
  • Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
    by Bruce Comfort
    • Camera: SAMSUNG ES65, ES67 / VLUU ES65, ES67 / SAMSUNG SL50
    • Taken on 2011/09/01 15:59:01
    • Exposure: 0.022s (1/45)
    • Focal Length: 4.90mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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