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Frank Scott

    In the 19th century various improved versions of the Admiralty pattern (Fisherman’s) anchor were put forward, some of which had the shank ending in a fork, to which the crown and arms were bolted in such a manner that they would swivel under load so that one arm could dig in forcing the other hard up against the shank. The most widely used was that by Trotman, which was judged to be 28% superior to the Admiralty pattern in 1852 trials. The photo looks like a ‘Trotman’ with an iron stock.
    B.N. Curryer, Anchors: An Illustrated History (London, 1999) is a useful short guide to the history of anchors.