Photo © Malene Thyssen, 22 july 2004
Iron anchors were of relatively light construction until the late Medieval period. In order to compensate for this lightness it was necessary to use in excess of four anchors. The problem of carrying large numbers of anchors was solved by the invention of the 'Admiralty anchor', an anchor with a removable stock. The removable stock enabled the anchors to be stacked in a compact manner thus occupying less room. Although this anchor was thought to be a recent invention, it can in fact be traced back over 2000 years to the 2nd century BC.
The portion of the anchor that connects the crown, arms and flukes to the point on the anchor to which the rode is attached.
The point on the anchor at which the shank and the flukes meet. The crown is
usually made to absorb the impact of the anchor as it hits the bottom. It is
sometimes shaped so that directs the flukes into the position needed to anchor
it to the seabed.
History of Navigation
History of the Anchor