Anchors aweigh

What does "Anchors aweigh" mean?

Today it means: The achor is lifting and no longer working.

As part of getting ready to get "under-way", the anchor must be pulled in. There is a lot of chain laid out with an anchor so it could still be doing its job long after chain is being pulled in. Once the anchor is off the sea bed or even out of the water, the shout is "anchor aweigh". It does not mean drop your anchor as many websites claim.


By SailingQuiz September 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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