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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Bower-anchor an anchor at the bow or forepart of a ship—usually two, the best-bower and the small-bower
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In literature:

Voltaire's reward was, that he did NOT go mad in that Berlin element, but had throughout a bower-anchor to ride by.
"History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XVI. (of XXI.) Frederick The Great--The Ten Years of Peace.--1746-1756." by Thomas Carlyle
Her anchors would probably weigh as follows: sheet anchor (or best bower) 500 to 600 lbs.
"The Mayflower and Her Log, Complete" by Azel Ames
The engines were then started slowly ahead, and, as we came up to the bower anchor, the cable was taken in.
"The Home of the Blizzard" by Douglas Mawson
P.M. Sighted our Bower anchor suspecting it to be foul, found it so.
"The Logbooks of the Lady Nelson" by Ida Lee
P.M., the wind fell so that we got up the small Bower Anchor, and hove into a whole Cable on the Best Bower.
"Captain Cook's Journal During the First Voyage Round the World" by James Cook
It subsequently appeared that the small bower anchor had merely been dropped under foot.
"Jack in the Forecastle" by John Sherburne Sleeper
This compelled me to haul out to the bower anchor, and the next morning the cutter was moored in the stream.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia" by Phillip Parker King
Let me throw over the best bower of the heart, since all the anchors of the mind are dragging!
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 6, No. 38, December, 1860" by Various
As the strongest winds were the South and East, the bower anchor was laid in the latter direction.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia] [Volume 2 of 2]" by Phillip Parker King
Lieutenant Murray informed me that his anchor had come up with a palm broken off; and having only one bower left, he applied to me for another.
"A Voyage to Terra Australis Volume 2" by Matthew Flinders
We presently carried out two kedge-anchors, with hawsers to each; these found ground a little without the bower, but in what depth we never knew.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 14" by Robert Kerr
At six o'clock the next morning we weighed, and found that the palm was gone from the small bower anchor.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 12" by Robert Kerr
The best bower was let go, and she was brought to an anchor.
"Narratives of Shipwrecks of the Royal Navy; between 1793 and 1849" by William O. S. Gilly
Hands by the best bower anchor.
"Great Sea Stories" by Various
Our third lieutenant had in the meantime cut away our best bower anchor, which had hooked on to the enemy's ship.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
Hands by the best bower anchor.
"Peter Simple" by Frederick Marryat
Hands by the best bower-anchor!
"A Middy of the King" by Harry Collingwood
The rope which belongs to the kedge-anchor, and restrains the vessel from driving over her bower-anchor.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
I had a fluke shot off a bower anchor at Tricheri, and ought to have another one.
"The Life of Thomas, Lord Cochrane, Tenth Earl of Dundonald, Vol. II" by Thomas Lord Cochrane
Then, directly the vessel's way was stopped, the bower-anchor was let go from the bows.
"Rounding up the Raider" by Percy F. Westerman