I cannot understand the meaning of the "stream" word in the following particular usage example. In my dictionary it has a lot of translations, but all of them somehow related to the "flow" word. So I would be very grateful if anyone could have helped me with this.
This excerpt is from the wikipedia article HMS Tiger (1849):
At around 6 a.m on the 12th she grounded on the shore about five miles south-west of Odessa. She fired guns to attract the attention of the other ships, without result. She then launched her boats and STREAMED her anchors in an attempt to re-float herself, and also jettisoned all but one of her guns to lighten the ship.
And I cannot understand what did they do with the anchors. Did they jettison them or cut off the cables or drop into a stream or simply use them as normal?
So could anyone please tell me this?
Thank you very much.