Ancient Sea-anchors?

By Lynn Kirtland, published August 1985


Through the scrutiny of contemporary texts, in particular a poem by Alkaios (c.600 BC), the argument is made that Greek sailors of the seventh century were aware of the use of the floating sea-anchor (emergency drogue) for reducing drift in storm conditions. Reference is made to congruent devices anciently employed on the Nile and, perhaps, Bosphorus.

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Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Ship Handling & Seamanship

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