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What is it Wednesday - Week 55

Discussion in 'Photo Challenges' started by Lightmancer, Aug 10, 2016.

  1. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Hello and welcome to this week's What is it Wednesday. A reminder of the rules:

    Each member gets one guess. The answer will be revealed on the following Tuesday. The first correct guess has the honour of submitting the image for the next challenge. Sometimes there will be more than one thing in the photo or more than one way to accurately describe what the photo represents. The original poster will be the final judge of who is "most correct".

    This is obviously a thing. It is old, and it is out of doors. It still functions. It is not a macro shot. I have not processed it in any way other than SOOC. The key here is not just what it is but what it did or was used for.

    Mystery thing.
     
  2. Susan Sande

    Susan Sande SC Veteran

    294
    Aug 3, 2011
    Upper left USA
    Is it a Kissing Gate mechanism on one of Sunny Frimley's footpaths? (one person at a time can go through the gate, livestock can't but I bet smart dogs have it all figured out)
     
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  3. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    I dont think there can be much of a distinction between what my guess is and what it's used for, but i'm going with... an oddly constructed water pump.
     
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  4. Richard

    Richard SC Top Veteran

    561
    Feb 1, 2013
    Marlow, UK
    Is it a fox mangle ?

    -R
     
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  5. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Wrong, but :D
     
  6. marlof

    marlof Trying to focus

    Dec 25, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Marlof
    It's without doubt a rubbing pole. It looks very functional.
     
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  7. Matero

    Matero SC Veteran

    277
    Dec 25, 2014
    Helsinki, Finland
    We have a place here in Finland where all the icebreakers build in Helsinki shipyard are hooked for test pull. It must be the strongest place in Finland :)

    I suppose this is some kind of test pole for horses, so my answer is 'horse-pull test pole'
     
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  8. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Bump! Some interesting answers but nobody is really close. Tomorrow I shall post another image.
     
  9. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Okay, here's a big clue - a (slightly fuzzy) full-length shot.

    Think Industrial Revolution...

    Mystery thing 2.
     
  10. Richard

    Richard SC Top Veteran

    561
    Feb 1, 2013
    Marlow, UK
    Are we allowed a second guess ?

    -R
     
  11. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy SC Top Veteran

    827
    Jan 7, 2013
    Herefordshire, England
    Martin Connolly
    Hmm, something to do with pulling canal barges? Perhaps a rope can be passed around the pole to let bargees pull their own craft? Not sure why they would do that but I'm stumped otherwise.
     
  12. Susan Sande

    Susan Sande SC Veteran

    294
    Aug 3, 2011
    Upper left USA
    Now I am even more confused!!
     
  13. tonyturley

    tonyturley SC Veteran

    379
    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    Tony
    If I recall my high school history correctly, horses or mules used to be employed to pull barges along canals. Anything to do with that?
     
  14. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Okay, I think I am going to call this one. Both Martin (theoldsmithy) and Tony (tonyturley) are on the right track and have used key words, but since Martin got there first I'm going to give it to him. Well done!

    So what is it?

    It is on a sharp bend on a canal called the Wey Navigation. Back in the days when narrowboats were pulled by a horse, turning a sharp corner was a bit of a challenge. The horse would go around, but the boat would follow the taut rope and plough into the bank rather than turning the corner. This post and the large metal roller on it's "front" face enabled the horse to pull the boat around the corner at a better angle, meaning that the boat didn't hit the bank.

    I have no idea what it's called, but that's what it does! Just for clarity here's a diagram:

    Mystery thing 3.

    ...see what I mean? It's all about geometry.

    Damn ingenious those Victorians!
     
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  15. Richard

    Richard SC Top Veteran

    561
    Feb 1, 2013
    Marlow, UK
    ... and that would have been my second guess. I was also thinking of that rope cutting the corner and scything down unwary pedestrians at waist height.

    -R
     
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  16. Matero

    Matero SC Veteran

    277
    Dec 25, 2014
    Helsinki, Finland
    Hahaa, I was also "on track" with my horse pull pole :dance3:
     
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  17. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    You were, but not quite close enough ;)
     
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  18. Susan Sande

    Susan Sande SC Veteran

    294
    Aug 3, 2011
    Upper left USA
    HA HA and mine had to do with a footpath so I come in at about 9th place!
     
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  19. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy SC Top Veteran

    827
    Jan 7, 2013
    Herefordshire, England
    Martin Connolly
    Oh heck, I need to start scouring the archives for something before tomorrow :dance2:
     
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  20. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy SC Top Veteran

    827
    Jan 7, 2013
    Herefordshire, England
    Martin Connolly
    Got one - I shall post it in the morning
     
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