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  • #18924
    Sam Willis
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      Hi everyone,

      Frank Higham has got in touch with an interesting anchor discovery! Can anyone help?

      ‘This is a photo of an anchor that was dredged up by fisherman off Blyth/Tyne a few years ago and given to our yacht club.
      Any thoughts as to what sort of vessel it may be from?’

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      #18926
      Frank Scott
      Participant

        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.

        #18927
        Sam Willis
        Keymaster

          Thanks Frank,

          Frank and his colleagues at the Royal Northumbrian Yacht Club are particularly interested in the size of ship it may have come from. Does anyone have any ideas on that?
          S

          #18928
          Frank Scott
          Participant

            If they work out size & approx weight then Lloyd’s Rules should give max size of vessel. These anchors were more expensive than standard admiralty pattern, but one extra advantage (apart from holding power) was that rotation of crown and arms so that upper set where hard on shank meant that vessel much less at risk of serious damage if it ‘sat’ on anchor as tide dropped. Worth having really detailed look for maker’s marks, etc., which may be obscured by accretions and corrosion.

            #18930
            Frank Higham
            Participant

              Many thanks for the information – had a quick chat to a yacht club member yesterday who may have more info on the origins (he bought it from the fisherman for the scrap value which they agreed at £300 at the time) Will post more details after I have seen him later.

              #18961
              Frank Scott
              Participant

                I see that you have posted some more photos on the SNR facebook page. Certainly looks like a Trotman. Almost certainly carried by a steam ship, as sailing vessels generally stuck to the cheaper admiralty pattern.

                #24098
                Chad F
                Participant

                  Hello, trying to find any information on the attached anchor. It was found off the coast of Florida by sponge divers in 1970. The owner thinks it’s form the late 1800s. The stock seems to have an unusual mounting mechanism, very little information on this style on the internet. It’s 7 foot tall and currently weighs around 300 lbs.

                  #24119
                  Chad F
                  Participant

                    Smaller photo added.

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                    #24121
                    Frank Scott
                    Participant

                      300 lb for an anchor is quite light, and thus would only be suitable for smaller vessels (under 300 tons).

                      The Anchor is missing its stock, which would have slotted into the diamond shaped opening at the top of the shank. This may have been made of iron or wood – hard to judge without more detailed photos.

                      Age is also hard to judge, but certainly not pre-19th century.

                      Always worth having good look for any manufacturer’s markings which may well be made harder to see by the rust.

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