What does ANCHOR WATCH mean?

ANCHOR WATCH meaning in General Dictionary

a detail of just one or higher males whom keep watch on deck through the night when a vessel reaches anchor

ANCHOR WATCH meaning in Law Dictionary

watch, comprising a small number of guys. (from one to four,) kept constantly on deck although the vessel is riding at solitary anchor, to note that the stoppers, painters, cables, and buoy-ropes are set for instant usage. The Girl Franklin, 2 Lowell, 220, Fed. Cas. No. 7,984.