• 1984.012.0491

Grappling Anchor

Physical Object

Santa Margarita (1622)
circa 1620
A wrought-iron grapnel anchor from the Santa Margarita site is of typical form, having a plain tapering shank surmounted by a ring finial and terminating in five flukes and palms.

Seventeenth century Spanish shipwreck salvagers commonly utilized grapnel anchors. These multi-fluked, iron devices were towed through the water and across the sea-bottom, in the hope that they would snag on sunken wreckage. Divers could then swim down using lines attached to the anchors to recover cargo.

77 cm W x 178 cm L , Item (Overall)