Admiralty Anchor - Fort Anahuac Park - Anahuac, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member jhuoni
N 29° 45.342 W 094° 41.295
15R E 336762 N 3292909
Quick Description: This just leaves you wanting to know more. Found in 1967 by a shrimper and placed on display. How old is it? Where did it come from? We will never know.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 5/16/2020 2:08:00 PM
Waymark Code: WM12FHX
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
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Long Description:
A plaque reads:
In the fall of 1967, while L.A. Otter and Son,
Alvin, were shrimping in their new boat, The
Lydia Gale, in Trinity Bay near Lonesome
Reef, an anchor became entangled in their
net. They retrieved the anchor and it was
sandblasted and painted by Brown & Root
Shipyard at Oak Island (Double Bayou?).
After Charlie Ezer built a cement
foundation for the anchor, it was
presented to Chambers County where it
remains on display in Fort Anahuac Park.


Sponsored By
Anahuac Fine Arts Club
Literature and Drama Department


Chambers County Historical Commission
2005

Yukon Harbor Historical Society

History of the Admiralty Pattern Anchor

The anchor is of a traditional pattern known as the Admiralty Pattern, or AP, adopted by the British Admiralty in 1852, but similar in shape to anchors dating back to as early as the late 4th century BC. The U. S. Naval Academy 1891 Text-Book of Seamanship refers to this type of anchor as “a solid, iron-stocked anchor” and states that they are furnished exclusively on board ship, while wooden stocked anchors with their fixed stocks are reserved for permanent moorings

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Some modern sources refer to an anchor with this configuration as a Kedge Anchor, Fisherman’s Anchor or a Herreshoff Anchor, but this would not be historically correct for this anchor. The term Kedge refers to a smaller anchor to be used for kedging that may be a similar design but a fraction of the weight of the Bower and Sheet Anchors carried by a ship. Fisherman’s anchors and Herreshoff anchors are small boat anchors with a configuration similar to the Admiralty Pattern.

Ships transitioned away from using this type of anchor when the Stockless Anchor was developed and incorporated into ships designed with hawsepipes. The stockless anchor was patented in 1821. The process of adoption in the Royal Navy began in 1885 and was generally adopted by 1903. Of course older ships would use the old AP anchor for decades to come, and some still do.

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