A sheltered stretch of water near the shore in which ships can ride at anchor.
- The ships then sailed to Blind Bay and anchored in the Astrolabe roadstead.
- The island prospered as thousands of homeward-bound vessels anchored in the roadstead in a year, staying for considerable periods, refitting and revictualling.
- In the meantime, some visiting boats anchor out in the roadstead and their crews dinghy in to the adjacent, landlocked municipal marina.
Mid 16th century: from road + obsolete stead 'a place'.
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