A CAPSTAN from an old shipwreck has been discovered near the eastern point of Youghal outer harbour. Fisherman Barry Clohessy with his son Conor and Denis McCarthy made the unusual catch while out fishing on Saturday 18th August 2012. A capstan is a vertical-axled rotating machine developed for use on sailing ships to apply force to ropes, cables, and hawsers. The principle is similar to that of the windlass, which has a horizontal axle.
Click on the video below to see the Capstan raised from the deep at the Quay in Youghal
The video below is a demonstration of a Capstan at work. Sea shanties would often be sung when turning the capstan. A shanty (also spelled “chantey,” “chanty”) is a type of work song that was once commonly sung to accompany labour on board large merchant sailing vessels
Sea Shanties in Moby Dick (1956) The sea shanty singing in the video below is from the film Moby Dick. This particular clip was filmed in Youghal back in 1954. Directed by John Huston