Mystery Object 397: Curious Cage

Size: Tomato Scaffold

It moves.

It moves.

Recorded: May 2016

Found: Norwegian Star

Circa: 1993

Made: Unknown

Material: Painted Steel

Status: Known

I like ships, and I spend time wandering the decks trying to figure out what ever little thing is. And then I came upon this thing at the back of the Norwegian Star,  an older, mid-size cruise ship. I know what everything else in the pictures is, but this cage thing stumped me for a bit. And then I looked around, smacked myself on the head, and said… “Oh, of course.”

Given the clues in the pictures and in this post, can you figure out what it is? And no, it’s not an antenna. And yes, it’s related to some of the other equipment in the photo.

Hint 1:

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It moves.

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Hint 2: 

Spoiler

It’s only rarely used, and when it is, a change is made to it.

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Answer:

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It’s a wind sock holder. There’s a light shining on it so it could be used at night. If you’re wondering why a ship would have a wind sock, this picture might help you out.

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Here it is near other equipment.

Here it is near other equipment.

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6 Comments

  1. It sure looks like a frame for a windsock. (The Cabot Creamery has several windsocks-don’t ask!). But where is the windsock? (“Rarely used”?) And just WHEN would a windsock be used?

  2. it is a ladder? A wee ladder for going around those pipe things so you don’t fall off? Which would make it not a ladder. Not a clue! Just guessing

  3. Well, the pilots of the Datmouth-Hitchcock Air Ambulance sure preferred seeing the windsock (when they landed at the Creamery for a medical call) rather than a moistened finger held aloft. Is there a helicopter LZ on the ship perhaps?

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