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Sea Anchor

Date: 1930s
Overall: 400 x 465 mm, 950 g
Medium: Canvas, rope, metal, wood
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Don and Peter Unwin
Classification:Tools and equipment
Object Name: Sea anchor
Object No: 00047628

User Terms

    A canvas and rope sea anchor, originally from the trawler DRIFTER
    SignificanceSea anchors were historically in widespread use particularly by fishing trawlers. Examples of surviving canvas bag anchors in good condition are rare.
    HistoryA sea anchor, also called a 'drogue', was usually a canvas-covered conical frame, designed to float behind a vessel to prevent drifting, or to maintain a heading into the wind.

    The use of a submerged cloth bag to slow the drifting speed of a boat and to keep its bow into the wind has been around for centuries. The first such sea anchors were generally cone-shaped and made from heavy canvas such as this example, used by the DRIFTER a 28' fishing trawler from the 1930s.

    After the Second World War, a parachute style of sea anchor found favour. This style of anchor, often called a 'drift sock', is still in use today.

    Additional Titles

    Web title: Sea Anchor

    Assigned title: Sea anchor originally from the trawler DRIFTER

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