Anchor 01
Anchor 02
Anchor 02

Port-side Cat's Head

Both schooners had stout timbers extending outward and forward over the bow section on the port and starboard side called Cat’s Heads. The timbers had to be very strong in order to bear the load of the anchor which would have weighed several hundred pounds. The anchor cables passed through blocks or pulleys incorporated into each Cat’s Head which in turn provided much need leverage to safely lower the anchors over the side. Even more importantly, the blocks made it much easier to raise the anchors when the vessels needed to get under way. Of particular note in the case of Hamilton’s Cat’s Heads is that each has a carved likeness of an actual cat attached to it. One of the more satisfying moments of the 2008 underwater survey occurred as the cameras of the Remotely Operated Vehicle revealed that one of the red glass eyes remains in place after two hundred years at the bottom of the lake.