| View Cart ⇗ | Info

“The capstan is a familiar example of this form of wheel and axle. It is used by sailors for warping vessels up to a dock, raising anchors, &c.; and consists of a massive piece of timber, round which a rope passes. This is surmounted by a circular head, perforated with holes, into which, when the instrument is to be used, strong bars, called handspikes, are inserted.” —Quackenbos 1859


G. P. Quackenbos A.M. A Natural Philosophy: Embracing the Most Recent Discoveries in the Various Branches of Physics, and Exhibiting the Application of Scientific Principles in Every-day Life (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1859) 105


TIFF (full resolution)

2400×1901, 313.1 KiB

Large GIF

1024×811, 50.6 KiB

Medium GIF

640×506, 27.5 KiB

Small GIF

320×253, 12.7 KiB