anchor buoy

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A buoy used to mark the position of a ship's anchor when it is on the bottom. It is usually employed when anchoring on a rocky bottom. With small anchors, such as those used by yachts, the buoy's rope is usually attached to the crown of the anchor with a turn round one of the flukes, or with a running eye over one fluke and a hitch taken over the other, so that it can be used to weigh the anchor if its flukes are caught in rocks. In large anchors the rope is normally attached with a short length of rigging chain to the gravity band or the crown to avoid damage by chafing on the bottom. An anchor buoy should always be streamed before the anchor is let go.

See also becue, to.

See also becue, to.

Anchor buoy

Subjects: Maritime History.

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