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This is essential reading for Nautical Archeology students. It tells us a lot about anchors used mid nineteenth century. G Cotsell was the Master Smith at the Chatham Royal Navy Dock Yard, supervising the construction of thousands of ships anchors every year. He knew more about ship’s anchors than anybody yet the Admiralty refused to let him or his ideas be part of trials of new Patent anchors being tested in 1851 and 1852. . There were anchor trials at Sheerness, and the Admiralty knew there could be improvements made to the 21 cwt and 25cwt anchors used on the Royal Navy Ships. Cotsell knew that only small changes were needed to the Admiralty Pattern Anchor in common use at the time and here he gives his design of his own folding anchor.