Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, an anchor of a size intermediate between the bower-anchor and the kedge. It is used for warping and like purposes. In the United States navy stream-anchors weigh from 400 to 1,500 pounds, and are about one fourth the weight of bower-anchors.
“On the 4th of December, they stood into the Typa, and moored with the stream-anchor and cable to the westward.”
“I of course at once hoisted out our remaining boats, and ran away the stream-anchor to windward; but, working as we were in the dark, it took us a long time to do it; and I then sent down the royal and topgallant -- yards and masts.”
“Presently the quarter-boat came alongside with the stream-anchor hanging over her stern; and then the reason for its coming home became evident -- we had hove upon it until one of the flukes had been torn off.”
“This was found at about fifty fathoms distant from and directly to windward of the ship; and in this direction we accordingly ran away our stream-anchor and cable as before, the cable this time, however, being led in through one of the chocks on the larboard bow, from whence it was taken to the capstan.”
“Lower away the quarter-boat; get the stream-anchor into her with a hawser bent on to it, and run it away astern; be smart, my lads; we must get afloat again before that felucca reaches us.”
“By the time that the stream-anchor was out of the boat the bower was hanging at the bows ready for slinging, and it was then run away by the two boats directly to windward.”
“We have left two boats behind us, and two anchors, besides the stream-anchor.”
“A hawser and stream-anchor being sent out, in order to bring the ship's head in the proper direction for making sail, the cables were slipped.”
“While we were thus engaged, the mates got a hawser ranged ready to carry the stream-anchor out ahead, to be ready to try and haul the brig off at the top of high-water; the rest of the people still labouring at the pumps.”
“He gave the order to stand by to carry out to windward the stream-anchor in the launch, and to send a kedge to haul out by, in the jolly-boat.”
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