• That is a mooring stone. In shallow harbors with rocky bottoms it can be difficult to set pilings or anchors. Around here on the north side of Cape Ann it was common to use a rock with a hole in it that a tree trunk would pass through but not its clustered roots. Then you set the tree in the water with the bare trunk sticking up above the high tide like a piling and the rock on the bottom with the tree roots underneath. Presto, you can tie your skiff up 🙂

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  • Ah the hiding spot holding on even today! 🙂 Dave & Kim 🙂

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  • It is most likely a colonial times well cover.


  • Indeed was not unusual during installation of the STEP systems in Lanesville, eliminating the septic tanks, to find old mooring blocks used as septic tank covers. There was one in my yard which I gave to the Roth family for decoration of their fence line, stood up on edge. There is also one on exhibit at Maritime Gloucester, or was before the remediation project.


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