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:

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?

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.

Have you found or seen any evidence of maritime history? Write and tell us about it!

Robert jackson
4/28/2013 02:30:36 am

Like the story I have some anchors the us army brought to the canal pipe line job in 1943 in northern canada if anyone is interested

David Lucas
8/27/2014 04:28:04 am

Im looking for an anchor for my VFW post 4931.

8/27/2014 09:29:56 am


You may have already thought of this, but have you tried googling used anchors? They are often sold as scrap at so much a ton - for instance, our company several years ago bought a 10,000# anchor for around $6,000 - the price varies based on the price of scrap. I don't know what scrap iron is going for presently.

A 10,000# anchor is a large item - about 8' tall, stood on end. As a display for your VFW post, I think you could get by with a smaller one.

Good luck!



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