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Stream Anchor

A stream anchor was a small anchor used by ships in rivers or harbours.

Besides carrying a sheet anchor, belt bower anchor and small bower anchor, an eighteenth-century naval vessel carried a number of smaller anchors for moving it within a harbour or river when there no room or wind for sailing. These were called the stream, kedge and grappling anchors.

Stream and kedge anchors often had a removable stock making them easier to stow and able to be deployed at any point off the vessel, or carried out in a ship's boat to a suitable anchorage point. Grappling anchors were small and designed to anchor a ship’s boats.


Created: 25 February 2004

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-P000358

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