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.