1. A short rope to check a cable in a fixed position. Anchor stoppers hold the anchor when catted, Bitt stoppers, Deck stoppers used to retain the cable when at anchor, shroud stoppers contain a damaged shroud, Foretack and Sheet Stoppers secure the tacks until they are belayed.
  2. A device for securing a mooring line temporarily at the ship while the free end is made fast to a ship’s bitt.

Related Terms

ICE ANCHOR

An anchor designed for securing a vessel to ice

BILL

The extremity of the arm of an anchor; the point of or beyond the fluke.

GUARD BOAT

A boat which makes the rounds of a fleet at anchor to see that due watch is kept at night.

RODE

The anchor line, rope or cable connecting the anchor chain to the vessel. Also anchor rode.

WINDLASS

The winch used to raise a ship's anchor

FLUKE

The part of an anchor that fastens in the ground

MOORING BUOY

A buoy secured to a permanent anchor sunk deeply into the bottom.

BOWER

The anchor carried at bow of a ship

AHT

An Anchor Handling Tug tha moves anchors and tow drilling vessels, lighters and similar.

ANCHOR RODE

The anchor line, rope or cable connecting the anchor chain to the vessel.

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