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The action of turning an anchor around on its fluke in the days before stockless anchors and when they were stowed ready for sea on an anchor bed. It was a necessary operation in order to get the anchor into position so that it would lie flat on its bed before being secured. The origin of the term appears to be that the action of turning the anchor by rotating the stock resembled that of turning a gimlet by hand.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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