“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Jacksonport in Door County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Anchor & Capstan

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By Devon Polzar, 2020
1. Anchor & Capstan Marker
Inscription.  Jay Olson recovered this fisherman's anchor from the waters off Jacksonport. Collapsible anchors were commonly used on fish tugs because they were easily stowed on the small boats. Early anchors were forged as one piece. This anchor's arms and flukes are welded on, which is a more recent construction method.

This capstan (circa 1860-1900) was recovered by scuba divers Jay Olson, Chuck Haynes, Gideon Haynes, and Jim Kolberg from an unidentified schooner approximately 1,400 feet north of here in 1968. Capstans on Great Lakes schooners were used for a variety of shipboard services including raising anchors and sails, handling mooring lines, and loading cargo. This particular capstan has holes for five capstan bars that would be pushed by men to achieve the particular task at hand.

In memory of Jay Olson, donated by Penny Olson
Erected 2005 by Jacksonport Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 44° 58.685′ N, 87° 11.01′ W. Marker
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By Devon Polzar, 2020
2. Anchor & Capstan & Marker
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is in Jacksonport, Wisconsin, in Door County. Marker can be reached from Wisconsin Route 57 south of Lake Park Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6282 Hwy 57, Sturgeon Bay WI 54235, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Reynolds' Pier (a few steps from this marker); Town of Jacksonport (within shouting distance of this marker); Erskine Root Cellar (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Michael the Archangel (approx. ¼ mile away); Jacksonport United Methodist Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Episcopal Church of the Holy Nativity (approx. 0.6 miles away); Halfway to the North Pole (approx. 2 miles away); Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonport.
More about this marker. The marker and objects are located in Lakeside Park. The marker and objects are along the path that leads to the beach and are near the shoreline.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 20, 2020, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 59 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 20, 2020, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 17, 2021