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Floating anchor


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Floating anchor (Naut) a drag or sea anchor; drag sail.
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In literature:

Where could our wonderful floating anchor have gone?
"The Ghost Ship" by John C. Hutcheson
Secondly, is the floating nest anchored, and how?
"Love's Meinie" by John Ruskin
I stepped into it, loosed the anchor, and floated away.
"King Arthur and His Knights" by Maude L. Radford
A floating battery, anchored near the lower end of the island, added ten guns to its defence.
"From Fort Henry to Corinth" by Manning Ferguson Force
They call a contrivance like that a floating anchor.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
Then the inexorable tide turned dead against me, and down went my anchor; for, at any rate, we must not be floated backwards.
"The Voyage Alone in the Yawl "Rob Roy"" by John MacGregor
There is a bethel, or floating "seaman's chapel," anchored in the "Reach," which was presided over by the Rev.
"Kathay: A Cruise in the China Seas" by W. Hastings Macaulay
It did not then ride at anchor, but floated free.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
They had forgotten to anchor it, and it had floated out into the middle of the moat.
"The Madcap of the School" by Angela Brazil
He did haul in his anchor and float away.
"The River Prophet" by Raymond S. Spears
I was puzzled when I found her floating and the anchor covered.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
After a short time he concluded that the floats were attached to anchors of some kind.
"The Flying Stingaree" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Only phantom vessels, locked in the eternal secrets of the deep, float at anchor and crowd the harbor with a pale tracery of masts and rigging.
"Seaport in Virginia" by Gay Montague Moore
The janitor tried in vain to anchor his raft, but it still floated downward.
"The Story of Chautauqua" by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
This can be done with a line, anchor, and float painted red.
"Campward Ho!" by Unknown
If the anchor held until she floated on the flood tide, the strain on the cable would probably pull her down.
"Johnstone of the Border" by Harold Bindloss
Thence he went to the place where the anchor of the floating canoe was.
"Legends of Gods and Ghosts (Hawaiian Mythology)" by W. D. (William Drake) Westervelt
Quietly we lift anchors and float off with the current.
"With Fire and Sword" by Samuel H. M. Byers
A floating cask, or piece of wood, attached by a rope to an anchor, to show its position.
"The Seaman's Friend" by Richard Henry Dana
As elsewhere, there were yachts, sailboats and various kinds of craft at anchor or secured to the floats.
"The Launch Boys' Cruise in the Deerfoot" by Edward S. Ellis

In poetry:

We floated through her peaceful bay,
To sail life's stormy seas
But left our anchor where it lay
Beneath her green old trees.
Then old and young, etc.
"The Parting Song" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
So softly we float on a smooth flowing sea,
That our helm and our anchors are cast to the shore,
We think them a burden and wish to be free,
From every encumbrance that can serve us no more.
"Drifting Away" by Jared Barhite
Ships rejoicing in the breeze,
Wrecks that float o'er unknown seas,
Anchors dragged through faithless sand;
Sea-fog drifting overhead,
And, with lessening line and lead,
Sailors feeling for the land.
"The Ropewalk. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
They are gone, friend and foe,--anchored fast at the pier,
Whence no vessel brings back its pale passengers here;
But our wharf, like a lily, still floats on the flood,
Its breast in the sunshine, its roots in the mud.
"For The Centennial Dinner" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Authorities say they've found the body of a 57-year-old man floating near shore in Lake St Clair's Anchor Bay.
Leenane, 20 miles from Cong, is a fishing village at the edge of Killary Harbour, a deep inlet of the Atlantic where floating mussel farms are anchored.
Blueseed hopes to anchor floating metropolis for tech startups off Calif coast.
The platform has been stabilized, and an anchor handling vessel is mobilized to inspect the damage on the floating hotel, Statoil said.