stream anchor

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An anchor carried as a spare in some of the larger ships, normally about one-third the weight of the bower anchors and sheet anchor, but larger than the kedge. In many of the larger ships the stream anchor became a stern anchor with its own hawsepipe in the ship's stern. It had no permanent cable but, if it was necessary to use it, one of the ship's wire hawsers was shackled onto it. It was weighed by bringing the wire hawser to the after capstan.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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