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The Advantages of a Stockless Ship Anchor
A stockless ship anchor is designed for ships that may encounter all types of sea bottoms, as they have the advantage of a dead weight for holding in very hard bottoms, and the ability to bite and hold in sand and/or mud. Stockless anchors are rugged in construction and simple in design making them easy to handle.
A stockless ship anchor has no crosspiece on the shank and the arms are pivoted so that both of them can engage at the same time. Stockless anchors are used principally because of their ease of handling and stowing. Crown, arms, and flukes of a stockless ship anchor are cast in one piece and can pivot slightly from side to side on the shank. The flukes are long and heavy and have projecting shoulders at their base that catch on the seabed. As more drag is exerted, the shoulders force the flukes downward into the bottom. Stockless anchors have replaced the older stock anchor on most of the large ships of the world.