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Old 02-17-2012, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Welland, Ontario Canada
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Default Naval History Question

This is probably the wrong area of the Forum to ask this question, and if it is perhaps someone can redirect me.

I am researching Naval History from World War One and World War Two. I have used google search and ask.com and have found nothing that can answer this question. So I am hoping one of our naval vets or navy researchers can help.

On many of the Battleship, Battlecruisers, Heavy and Light Armored Cruisers etc., there are two anchors on the starboard side of the bow and only one on the port side. Does anyone know the reason for the double anchors.

Thanks in advance.

Bansidhbabe
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Petticoat Junction
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Still working on this research project for over two years now? Quite a project!
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:31 PM
 
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Usually as a spare or during stormy weather they could lower the third anchor to hold it. Most ports they would dock on the port side so they would use the double anchors on the starboard side.
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:54 PM
 
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Thank you BoxCar Willie! I just spent about a half hour online with the library's know-it-now person, and couldn't come up with anything. That totally makes sense.

Here is another conversation about it.

Third anchor in Battleship Vs Battleship Forum but no real answers
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Old 02-17-2012, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Welland, Ontario Canada
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Thanks for your responses. It makes sense that it would be used during rough weather.

I love Naval History. My whole bedroom wall is filled with pictures of battleships, aircraft carriers, troop transports, armored cruisers and so on. I have to keep rearranging them every time I print off another. But it never ends. And it's great.
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Old 02-18-2012, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Welland, Ontario Canada
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This has become one of the most amusing questions I have ever come up with.

My dad, who served in the British Army, spoke to a member at the Royal Canadian Legion who served on the Tribal class destroyer HMCS Haida and this guy had absolutely no idea what the second anchor was for.

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Old 02-18-2012, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Houston, texas
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I think Boxcar got it right. Bower and Sheet Anchors. A ships largest anchors are called "bower anchors" They are used for anchoring or mooring the ship and are stowed one on each bow in a "hawspipe".

A spare bower anchor, called the "sheet anchor" is carried in some larger ships for use in emergency. It is usually stowed in a hawspipe on the starboard bow, just aft of the starboard bower anchor.

Hope this helps. These massive ships needed some heavy tackle to keep them under control, should the need arise. The reason why the extra anchor was placed port or starboard is beyond me.
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Old 02-19-2012, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Welland, Ontario Canada
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Soupson1 and Boxcar thanks you so much for your answers. I have asked many naval vets that question and received many blank stares in return. I LOVE naval history and can talk about it for hours and I am so HAPPY to get an answer to that question that makes sense.

Bansidhbabe
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