Once strong and new, it secured our future. Now rusty and covered in sea life, it will connect us with our past.
Considered by some to be a Holy Grail of Puget Sound archaeology, three men — a commercial diver, an amateur historian and an attorney — believe they have found the fabled lost anchor of Captain George Vancouver’s exploration of the Pacific Northwest more than 200 years ago.
Lying in shallow water along the west side of Whidbey Island, the historic artifact could be recovered by the three-man team that makes up Anchor Ventures LLC within the month. Read more.
THE FIRST anchor was brought above water just before noon from the seabed where it had lain attached to the wreck of the most famous gun-running ship in Irish history.
Yesterday, a team of marine archeologists and divers recovered the two anchors of the much-storied Aud.
The German ship was scuttled in Cork Harbour in 1916 with 20,000 Russian rifles, 10 machine guns and five million rounds of ammunition that were bound for the Irish Volunteers still on board.
The second anchor was recovered just before 1pm, off the coast of Cobh in Co Cork.
It was the culmination of over two years work by the team that will now begin a three-year conservation of the anchors ahead of the centenary celebrations of the 1916 Rising. Read more.
Scientists of the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) have found an Indo-Arabic stone anchor off the Kutch coast in Gujarat that offers significant clues to the Indo-Arabic and Indo-Persian trade of the first and second century B.C. It was found at a depth of more than 50 metres.
The find has been published in the May issue of scientific journal “Current Science”.
"Ancient stone anchors serve to understand maritime contacts of India with other parts of the world… Arabs and Persians sailed the Indian Ocean and used the type of anchors under study since the 9th century. Indo-Arabian type stone anchors have been reported from the western Indian Ocean countries, namely east Africa, India, Persian Gulf countries and Sri lanka, suggesting close maritime contacts and trade relations among these countries.
"The ports in the Gulf of Kachchh have contributed significantly to maritime trade since ancient times, and such trade was extensive between Gujarat and the Arab world even during the medieval period," the study reported.
The antique broke into two pieces while being retrieved. Read more.
Israeli lifeguards plunged into the Mediterranean sea this month on an unusual rescue mission: to pull out an ancient ship’s anchor.
Lifeguard Avi Afia first spotted the tip of the anchor on a daily swim five years ago. It was peeking out from the sandy ocean floor about 150 feet (60 meters) from the coast.
It wasn’t until this month that the sands shifted to reveal the treasure in its entirety: a nearly 7-foot (2.1 meter), 650-pound (300 kilogram) iron anchor, probably a spare in the belly of a Byzantine ship that crashed and sank in a storm about 1,700 years ago, said archaeologist Jacob Sharvit of Israel’s Antiquities Authority.
"It’s a feast for the eyes," said Afia, whose colleagues walked out to the spot, in water about six feet (two meters) deep and dragged it into the lifeguard shack in Bat Yam, near Tel Aviv.
The anchor dates back to the 4th or 5th century, estimated Sharvit, who heads the marine archaeology branch of Israel’s Antiquities Authority.
He said it attests to the vibrant sea trade of the Byzantine era, when merchant ships would carry oil, wine and stones for construction to ports along the coast and across the Mediterranean. The anchor also may point to a previously unknown ancient harbor on the coast, he added. Read more.
Archaeologists have successfully raised a nearly 3,000-pound anchor from the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship that pirate Blackbeard and his crew intentionally grounded near Beaufort in 1718. It is the largest artifact yet recovered from the wreck of the notorious pirate’s flagship.
Archaeologists this morning successfully raised an anchor from the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship that pirate Blackbeard and his crew intentionally grounded near Beaufort in 1718.
The nearly 3000-pound anchor is the largest artifact yet recovered from the wreck of the notorious pirate’s flagship.
The anchor, one of four carried aboard the ship, was atop a pile of debris, which appears to be the remnants of the middle part of the ship, including its cargo hold, said Mark Wilde-Ramsing, a deputy state archaeologist and director of the Queen Anne’s Revenge project.
Next week, Wilde-Ramsing said, researchers hope to dig a small test hole into the side of the pile where the anchor was removed to get a sense of what else might be hidden there. They’re particularly keen to find organic material such as seeds and spores that could help detail the pirates’ stops in exotic ports. Read more.
BEAUFORT — It seems storm clouds are brewing over the raising of a 3,000-pound anchor in Beaufort Inlet that was originally scheduled for Thursday at the shipwreck site presumed to be the Queen Anne’s Revenge, flagship of Blackbeard.
Because of bad weather, the anchor raising has been postponed, and according to a press release issued Tuesday by Maryanne Friend with the state Cultural Resources Department, the raising will take place possibly Friday or Wednesday of next week.
As state underwater archeologists are wrestling with the weather, the discoverer of the shipwreck, Capt. Mike Daniel of Jupiter, Fla., issued a press release Tuesday denouncing the raising of the anchor and other items contained in the large pile of artifacts located underneath the anchor in the central part of the wreck site.
“The remains of the QAR, our nation’s most historically important pirate site and a former slave ship, is a living reef that is made up of cannons and anchors that are all fused together with an encrustation. The reef, with a wide variety of sea life attached to it, has protected the wreck site from weather for almost 300 years,” he said in his statement. Read more.
BEAUFORT — State underwater archaeologists are scheduled to arrive Friday here to begin setting up for a dive expedition in Beaufort Inlet to recover a large anchor from the shipwreck presumed to be the Queen Anne’s Revenge, flagship of the notorious pirate Blackbeard.
The two-week expedition begins just as moviegoers across America are excited about the latest “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie, which features the pirate and the Queen Anne’s Revenge, which records indicate Blackbeard sunk off North Carolina’s coast in 1718. Read more.