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Anchors …


How often have you walked past these anchors by the harbor in Edgartown and  given any thought to how or why they are there…

…other than being used as a great photo-op.

I know I never gave it much thought until I saw a little article about them in the Marthas’ Vineyard Magazine a couple of years ago.These four rusted anchors belong to the Norton family who owned a home across the street.  But why are they there?

According to the article in MV Magazine:

“in the 1930’s coastal schooners would sometimes lose their anchors to accidents or storms… town fisherman would also occasionally snag and damage their nets on them.  Whenever possible, the fishermen raised the offending anchor and brought it ashore.  “

“Samuel Norton collected these anchors and sold or gave them to summer people who put them on their lawns or near their boathouses as ornaments.”

I guess now when I walk past them I’ll think about where they came from and about how many people have taken pictures by them over the years.


Author: mvobsession

I'm married, I have two daughters and two grandchildren and they all love MV. Enjoy my MV blog and contact me if I can answer any questions. This blog started out as strictly about Martha's Vineyard but over the years I've branched out to include other obsessions and interests. I enjoy photography and like sharing my photos here as well. Hope you enjoy :)

2 thoughts on “Anchors …

  1. Hi Joanie and MV friends: My parents were friend with the Nortons – and their clan, the Jacksons. We would visit their home right there on the Edgartown harbor and I’d play outside for awhile mostly on their own lawn anchors and then go up the street to the Edgartown library. Mom knew them somehow from her Cuttyhunk days – I’m not sure how, but think that the wife and Mom went to school on Cuttyhunk years and years before. Anyway, terrific people and the things I do remember of them were that Mrs. Norton always had THE best hermit cookies (for me I assumed) and playing on the anchors. Back in those days, even though I was little, I’d ask if I could go to the pier to go look around and the only admonition I’d get was, “O.K., don’t fall in and pollute the harbor.” (That’s how I learned what the word “pollute” meant. I’d always thought it would have been funny to have polluted Edgartown harbor, BUT I knew it would be 1. very cold (because of the constant current) and 2. I didn’t like the idea of “swimming” where there was probably diesel floating on the water from the then fishing boats that tied up there. Good memories. Thanks for the anchor pictures.

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