Saturday, April 26, 2014

Towboating 101: Hula Hoop

A Hula Hoop

"A looped piece of wire rigging that is fitted with a swaged metal clamp and used as a sling which would usually be put over a fitting such as a TIMBERHEAD.  Then a RATCHET with one end already attached to the eye splice in a barge wire  would have its other end engaged in the hula hoop.  Most times the hoop has a set of chain links attached in it.  The name comes from the appearance of a child's hula hoop when new, before it is pulled out of shape under the stress that is placed on rigging."

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