Two holed anchor

Stone anchors were, almost certainly, the earliest type of anchor to be used, and continued in use for a very long time, indeed there are some types that are in use today. For this reason the dating of stone anchors is immensely difficult. Any dated examples are, potentially, of considerable importance so it is vital that any dating information be recorded. Most stone anchors are, in fact, composite anchors, in which the stone provided the weight to take the anchor to the sea bed, whilst the holding power was provided by means of separate arms, usually made of wood. Should any trace of the arms survive this too needs to be recorded.

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Metal stocked anchor.

Stckless at NMM Greenwich

Over the centuries anchor stocks have been designed in different sizes, shapes and even in different positions, although most commonly they are located at the upper end of the shank. Stocks are normally made of iron or wood. Wooden stocks were generally made of two pieces of timber (most commonly oak) and then joined together with both bolts (wooden or metal) and banding. Iron stocks were not really in use until the 19th century when the British Royal Navy began to use them on small anchors.

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At the moment the project is not actively uploading stockless anchors on the database, but please do photograph and record their locations and any makers markings and email them in to us as we hope to be able to include this modern type of anchor very soon......funding allowing.









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