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Anchor in front of the Chamber of Commerce of port city Duisburg.
Anchor of the Amoco Cadiz in Portsall, north-west Brittany, France

An anchor is a device, normally made of metal, used to connect a vessel to the bed of a body of water to prevent the craft from drifting due to wind or current. The word derives from Latin ancora, which itself comes from the Greek ἄγκυρα (ankura).<ref>anchor, Oxford Dictionaries</ref><ref>ἄγκυρα, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus</ref>

Anchors can either be temporary or permanent. Permanent anchors are used in the creation of a mooring, and are rarely moved; a specialist service is normally needed to move or maintain them. Vessels carry one or more temporary anchors, which may be of different designs and weights.

A sea anchor is a drogue, not in contact with the seabed, used to control a drifting vessel.


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Intro  Overview   Evolution of the anchor    Small boat anchors    Permanent anchors    Anchoring gear   Anchor warps   Anchoring techniques   In heraldry  See also  References  Bibliography  Further reading  External links  

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