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(1) A heavy metal object, fastened to a chain or line, to hold a vessel in position, partly because of its weight, but chiefly because the designed shape digs into the bottom. (2) The act of using an anchor.

A device or iron so shaped to grip the bottom and holds a vessel at anchor by the anchor chain.

A black ball visible in all directions, displayed in the forward part of a vessel to indicate that the vessel is anchored.

Wooden bar with an iron shod, wedge, Shaped end, used in prying the anchor or working the anchor or working the anchor chain. Also used to engage or disengage the wild-cat.

Chocks which hold and anchor in place either in a locker or on deck.

A type of knot used to fasten an anchor to its line.

A small buoy that is used to mark the position of an anchor. It is attached to the base or crown of an anchor and can be used to recover the anchor if it has to be cast adrift, or to trip it if it becomes wedged.

Heavy, linked chain secured to an anchor for mooring or anchoring.

The anchor is under the hawse .

Anchor is off the sea bottom when being heaved in .

Anchor cable is caught around the fluke or an object is caught around the anchor .

A white light, usually on the masthead, visible from all directions, used to indicate that a vessel is anchored.

The riding lights required to be carried by vessels at anchor.

A hawser or line attached to an anchor.

A member or members of the crew that keep watch and check to see whether the anchor is dragging and the the drift of the ship. This is prudent when anchored in heavy weather, or where wind direction may change dangerously.

The detail on deck at night, when at anchor, to safeguard the vessel (not necessarily at the anchor; a general watch).

A windlass is a winch-like device used to assist in the raising of the anchor.

Said of the anchor when just clear of the bottom (leaving or moving).

(See WATCH.)

A place suitable for anchoring in relation to the wind, seas and bottom.