ice anchor



a large, hooklike device for setting in ice to anchor a vessel or to provide a hold for a hawser in warping it along.

Origin of ice anchor

First recorded in 1765–75
Also called ice drag. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ice anchor

Historical Examples of ice anchor

  • The cable and the ice-anchor, the latter a heavy piece of iron, shaped like the letter S, excited much interest.

  • Then began a heart-breaking task of warping through the pack with ice-anchor, cable and winch.

  • Shortly before noon further progress was barred by heavy pack, and we put an ice-anchor on the floe and banked the fires.


    Sir Ernest Shackleton

  • It condescendingly offered to do tugboat service for the "Advance," and invited its captain to throw aboard an ice-anchor.

    North-Pole Voyages

    Zachariah Atwell Mudge

  • It came sailing swiftly by, and into it they planted an ice-anchor attached to a tow line.

    North-Pole Voyages

    Zachariah Atwell Mudge