The Ladby Ship Anchor

By Carl V. Sǿlver M M, published November 1958


The well-preserved iron anchor uncovered at Ladby, Denmark, in 1937 has provided valuable data about ships of the Viking age. Sǿlver was invited to examine the anchor and his investigation revealed a very well-made piece of equipment. The chain is unique, as no other examples are known from earlier than the beginning of the eighteenth century. Known as a ‘forerunner’, its weight kept the anchor from lifting and prevented the rope from fraying on rocks. The anchor possesses features that were not known to exist prior to their use in relatively recent times.

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Filed under: Late Middle Ages | North Sea
Subjects include: Archaeology | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Shipbuilding & Design

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