Topsham Anchor Discovery

Home Forums Nautical Research: 1500 – 1830 Topsham Anchor Discovery

Viewing 3 posts - 1 through 3 (of 3 total)
  • Author
  • #840
    Sam Willis

    This anchor was recently dredged up from Trout’s Boatyard in Topsham, in the Exe estuary. Can anyone help identify the type of anchor or surgest a date? There is some suggestion that it may be part of a ‘killick’, a small anchor often with a stone set between the timbers, the term can be traced back to old Cornish and I understand that there may be three examples, two Cornish and one Irish in the HH Brindley collection of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

    You must be logged in to view attached files.
    Grahame A

    There are photographs of killick anchors in use in Brittany in the summers of 1930-33 in an article in Mariners Mirror in 1934 by G.P.B. Naish, vol.20 Issue 4 pages 438-447. They have stones between the timbers making up the shank of the anchor.

    Grahame Aldous

    S. W

    Mark Beattie Edwards is in charge of the Big Anchor Project and would be interested in your anchor and be able to identify/shed more light on it. Contact via this link:


Viewing 3 posts - 1 through 3 (of 3 total)
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.