On This Day: 15 November 1703

On this day in 1703, Thomas Bowrey paid Francis Wolfe’s bill for the mooring of the Rising Sun at the Chain from 30 September to 28 October. This receipt puzzled me and so my nautical education continues.

A mooring chain is a chain attached at each end to a fixed point. I expect that one or both of these fixing points may be on a dock side, harbour wall or the like but the examples I have found on the Internet are a chain between two anchored buoys. These allow one or more vessels to be moored in open water without using their own anchors.

Today, these appear to be used as a portable mooring but it appears that in Bowrey’s day the enterprising Wolfe had installed his own chain for which he could charge mooring fees.

Of course, I may have completely misunderstood and I am sure that someone will correct me if I have.


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