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Small Bower Anchor

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The small bower anchor was one of the three main anchors on an eighteenth- century sailing vessel of any size. The other two were the sheet and belt bower anchor. The bower anchors were so called because they were affixed to the bows of the vessel.

The small bower was often used to slow or stop a ship by turning its head into wind after the amount of sail had been reduced.


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Prepared by: Turnbull, P
Created: 4 October 2001
Modified: 10 October 2001

Published by South Seas, 1 February 2004
Comments, questions, corrections and additions: Paul.Turnbull@jcu.edu.au
Prepared by: Paul Turnbull
Updated: 28 June 2004
To cite this page use: http://nla.gov.au/nla.cs-ss-biogs-P000050

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