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    Re: Fouled anchors; was "Historical Navigation books online"
    From: Peter Fogg
    Date: 2006 Oct 11, 22:45 -0000

    Maybe its a bit like the Christian cross - the problem as a symbol of
    the solution.
    
    'This "fouled" anchor is a nautical symbol of distress, signifying
    the sick and disabled seamen that PHS was created to serve.'
    (American) Public Health Service
    http://www.usphsengineers.org/handbook/Chapter2.pdf#
    
    Harbourmasters also use a version of this symbol; signifying the safe
    haven their facilities offer against the threat of distress. An example
    of this is the (English) Channel port of Kent whose (obsolete) civic
    insignia inluded:
    "... a Wreath of the Colours in front of a Foul Anchor erect two Swords
    in saltire point ... they each support a trident, another nautical
    symbol..."
    
    This would be consistent with Janet Taylor's use: knowledge of
    navigation mitigating against the risk of distress.
    
    
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