Mystic in New London County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
This 7,000 anchor was salvaged off Newport, Rhode Island. Its size and shape match British Admiralty specifications for a bower anchor of a 74-gun ship of the line during the American Revolution and War of 1812. It was probably lost by one of the British warships that blockaded Newport during the Revolutionary War. The wooden stock was reproduced at Mystic Seaport.
Carried on the bow as their name suggests, bower anchors were a shipís largest. By tradition the starboard (right) anchor was called the best bower. The port anchor was called the small bower even though it was usually the same size. Look for other examples of bower anchors on Mystic Seaportís ships and near the Museumís two entrance gates.
Erected by Mystic Seaport.
Location. 41° 21.774′ N, 71° 57.847′ W. Marker is in Mystic, Connecticut, in New London County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Greenmanville Avenue (Connecticut Route 27) and Bruggeman Place, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in Mystic Seaport. Marker is at or near this postal address: 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic CT 06355, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this Mystic Seaport Museum First Building (a few steps from this marker); Whale Ship Charles W. Morgan (within shouting distance of this marker); Fishing Schooner L.A. Dunton (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Training Ship Joseph Conrad (about 600 feet away); Master Shipbuilders (about 700 feet away); Noank Well-Smack Emma C. Berry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Oyster Sloop Nellie (approx. 0.2 miles away); Western-Rig Dragger Florence (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mystic.
Also see . . . Mystic Seaport, The Museum of America and the Sea. (Submitted on September 1, 2013, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 1, 2013, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 328 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 1, 2013, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.