Sailor Speak of the Week – Shank

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Definition

Noun

  • The shaft of an anchor.

Origin

16th century. From Old English, sceanca, meaning shaft.

Comments

The shaft of an anchor is the part between the ring or stock and the crown.

References

Rogers, J.G. (1985). Origins of Sea Terms. Mystic, CT: Mystic Seaport Museum.

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