Antique Anchor Display

Discover our Seven Seas Anchor Collection – one of the largest privately owned anchor collections in the United States – on display year round . We have anchors that were used by the Schooners of Gloucester and large clipper ships, as early as the 1700s to the early 1900s.

On our property we have three “Admiralty Anchors”. This type of anchor with a wooden stock was used as early as 500 BC on the Greek warships known as Trirme, and used as recently as the early 1900s. A period of over 2500 years.

Our “Trotman Anchor” is prominently displayed on our property, near the Whale Watch ticket booth. This anchor was on the Battleship Maine when it was sunk in Havana, Cuba on February 15th, 1898.

Some of the other anchors on display, “Porter Anchors”, are over 200 years old. All of these anchors have been “dropped forged,” a long and tedious process that took as long as several weeks to complete. Some were even dropped forged here in Gloucester.

Anchor chains were seldom used until early in the1800s. Before that, hemp rope was used by almost all vessels of the world.

In the year 1816 the USS Constitution and USS Guerriere were issued anchor chains for the first time. About the same time the British Navy started using anchor chains in place of hemp on all new vessels of war. By 1835 all of the world’s larger vessels demanded iron anchor chains.

All of our anchors were recovered by Gloucester Fishermen – with the exception of one which was dredged up 2,000 feet from the Gloucester Breakwater.

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