Our grandfathers in the Navy had so their own manner of anchoring. What they did was to steam with the tide and or wind, whichever was stronger, put the helm hard over and just as the ship started to swing, let go the cable on the run on the inside of the turn. Then they ran out to the required length, set the stopper and allowed the anchor and cable to snub the ship round into the weather.
This set the anchor and the whole operation was over in about four minutes. Walking out the anchor takes about half an hour or more. The Navy still seems to anchor in the same manner, only the brake is used a bit what is not good practice. By today’s standards this manner of anchoring may sound deeply shocking.