Then, as soon as the fishermen had departed, all hands except the anchor watch went to breakfast.
This is the yarn I listened to on anchor watch thirty years ago.
Fortunately, they did not meet the anchor watch, who was probably asleep.
On all men-of-war at eight o'clock, the anchor watch is mustered.
Set an anchor watch, heave the lead, and ware the lee shore and breakers ahead!
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.
The officer of the anchor watch seemed to be the only obstacle in his way.
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 ship was then moored with a kedge astern, sails furled, and all hands retired to rest, except an anchor watch.
The men would alternate on an anchor watch and keep the fish "chummed" up during the night.