Capstan work


Photographer: Eric Newby

Crew using a capstan winch to raise a royal (top tier) sail on board the four-masted barque, Moshulu, during the ship's last voyage in the Australian grain trade. The ship set sail from Belfast on 18 October 1938, sailed to Port Lincoln in South Australia and returned to Queenstown (Cobh), Ireland on 10 June 1939. Among the crew was English travel writer Eric Newby (1919-2006), who described the voyage in his 1956 book 'The Last Grain Race'. 

Ref.: S0027064

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