THE CHAIN LOCKER
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The anchor weighs approximately 9T with a stock length of 22 feet
Saw this on Maritime Executive - an oil company's barge anchored in the Delaware River, then couldn't get its anchor up. Divers were called, when it was found that the barge's anchor had unearthed this huge old US Navy anchor dating from the 1800s. The stock is 22 feet long, and the anchor is estimated to weigh 9 tons. Here's the link: 

http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/1800s-anchor-recovered-from-delaware-river

We use moorings in our work, and our standard moorings are based on 10-12T surplus ship anchors. So this old piece is almost as large! I'd hate to sweat that thing up with a manual windlass - maybe by the time this anchor was put into use, steam was available for jobs like that.


Below, see another picture showing the chain, clearly marked. Wonder what they'll do with it?

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Of course, an anchor - or anything else nautical - dating *only* from the 1800s would be a young item in many parts of the world! The United States is a young country.

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