The Smithsonian received a steam windlass model from the American Ship Windlass Company in February 1883. The next year, the company donated two additional models, this one and one that was not retained. We understand the Govt is to build another steamer for the use of the Fish Commissioners, the companys agent wrote Smithsonian Secretary and Former Fish Commissioner Spencer Baird. If they do, we hope to furnish one of our steam windlasses for her. The resulting steamer was the research schooner Grampus, commissioned in 1886, and she was furnished with American Ship Windlass equipment. The Fish Commissions model of the Grampus is also in the Smithsonians collections.
The American Ship Windlass Companys machines incorporated numerous patent-protected components. The three demonstrated by this model are a gear lubricating apparatus; the placement of the steam engine next to the windlass apparatus, rather than under the deck below; and the provision of sockets for bars to move the gypsies (chain drums) by hand.
Frank S. Manton, assignor to the American Ship Windlass Co., Windlass, U.S. patent no. 237,885, Feb. 15, 1881.
Herman Winter, assignor to the American Ship Windlass Co., Gearing Lubricator, U.S. patent no. 276,987, May 1, 1883.
Herman Winter and Frank S. Manton, assignors to the American Ship Windlass Co., Power-Windlass, U.S. patent no. 276,988, May 1, 1883.
National Museum of American History accession file no. 14,636.
Report on the Construction and Equipment of the schooner Grampus, Annual Report of the Commissioner of Fish and Fisheries, 1886.