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Anchor watch

a deck watch maintained by the crew of a ship at anchor.
Historical Examples

Then, as soon as the fishermen had departed, all hands except the anchor watch went to breakfast.
The Cruise of the Nonsuch Buccaneer Harry Collingwood

This is the yarn I listened to on anchor watch thirty years ago.
The Grain Ship Morgan Robertson

Fortunately, they did not meet the anchor watch, who was probably asleep.
The Boy Pilot of the Lakes Frank V. Webster

On all men-of-war at eight o’clock, the anchor watch is mustered.
A Gunner Aboard the “Yankee” Russell Doubleday

Set an anchor watch, heave the lead, and ware the lee shore and breakers ahead!
The Motor Girls at Camp Surprise Margaret Penrose

If the vessel was at anchor in a roadstead, he had to keep his two-hour anchor watch the same as the rest of the crew.
Windjammers and Sea Tramps Walter Runciman

The officer of the anchor watch seemed to be the only obstacle in his way.
Up The Baltic Oliver Optic

There are no native villages within ten miles at least, and we shall be quite safe, so we need only keep an anchor watch at night.
The Call Of The South Louis Becke

The ship was then moored with a kedge astern, sails furled, and all hands retired to rest, except an anchor watch.
A Narrative of the Mutiny, on Board the Ship Globe, of Nantucket, in the Pacific Ocean, Jan. 1824 William Lay

The men would alternate on an anchor watch and keep the fish “chummed” up during the night.
El Diablo Brayton Norton


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