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Anchor Found in Puget Sound is Raised, Believed to Be One Lost in 1792

By    |   Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 05:50 PM

A 900-pound anchor found in the Puget Sound, believed to have separated from a late 18th Century vessel, was raised from body of water near Washington state earlier this week, six years after it was first discovered.

Anchor Ventures LLC dislodged the anchor from the floor of Admiralty Inlet off Whidbey Island, Peninsula Daily News reported. They believe it broke off from the HMS Chatham, which had been part of British Captain George Vancouver's expedition to the Pacific Northwest.

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Fittingly, the anchor was raised on the 222nd anniversary of its disappearance from the 80-foot survey brig on June 9, 1792. The loss of the boat's anchor amid strong currents is chronicled in logs from the expedition, and the raw iron piece recovered Monday matches size, shape, and style of the Chatham.

Divers spent nearly six hours Monday afternoon freeing the anchor from the sea floor as they fought choppy waters. It will soon be shipped to Texas A&M University for an 18-month study.

"I'm pretty overcome," Anchor Ventures employee Scott Grimm told The Seattle Times. "It's been a long time. For me, I'm a Northwest guy and my family has been here since the 1880s. The Chatham is our link to our past. My mom used to always say stuff isn't just stuff. It ties generations together."

Port Angeles diver and fisherman Doug Monk discovered the anchor in 2008. Since then, he and Grimm have worked to recover it and confirm its authenticity.

Historians had theorized that the anchor rested in Bellingham Channel, but Grimm examined diaries and concluded the Whidbey Island location is accurate.

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A 900-pound anchor found in the Puget Sound, believed to have separated from a late 18th Century vessel, was raised from body of water near Washington state earlier this week, six years after it was first discovered.
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