The History of the Anchor

By Dr F Moll, published November 1927


The paper gives an overview of the development of anchors from classical Greece and Rome, through the Viking and Medieval Periods. The ways in which anchors were used – as weights or hooks, singly or in multiples, connected with or without hawse holes – provide an explanation for the different designs that develop, methods of construction and materials used including stone, wood, lead and iron. Sources include literature, paintings, drawings, mosaics, pottery, coins and watermarks. The author distinguishes between images of anchors which illustrate their practical use, and those used as heraldic or religious symbols denoting security or reliability.

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Filed under: Antiquity | English Channel | Medieval | North Sea | Mediterranean | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Ship Handling & Seamanship

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