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LaHave Islands Marine Museum


Accession number: 1978.113.01
Date: before 1978
Materials: Canvas, Metal
Narrative: Anchor for boats at sea, when it is too deep to use a regular anchor
Description: This artifact is mainly made from canvas.  The canvas is sewn around a metal ring to create a pouch.  There is a heavy rope/string secured at four different points around the metal ring.  
History of Use: The canvas pouch on this anchor would typically be filled with a heavy substance, perhaps rocks, to weigh down and secure a transportation device or object, such as a buoy, in the water. The sea anchor was used to hold a vessel steady and pointed into the wind. It dragged in the water while attached to the vessel, creating drag.