UPDATED: Monday, July 21, 2014 - 9:12pm
College Station, Texas (KWKT) — A recently discovered anchor believed to be from the 1790’s was delivered to Texas A&M today where it will call home for the next 2 years while it is being restored.
The anchor was discovered in Washington off of Whidbey Island by a commercial diver. The anchor is believed to be from a ship used by Vancouver to explore the state of Washington.
According to the log books, the HMS Chatham lost its anchor in a strong current. They searched for the anchor but were unable to recover it.
Texas A&M Conservation Research Lab Project manager, Jim Jobling said, “They failed to recover the anchor. Now does that mean they found it but couldn’t recover it or did it mean they couldn’t find it at all. I like to think they found it, but they couldn’t recover it.”
Researchers are hoping to find the mark of the royal English navy on the anchor during the conservation process. If the marking is not there, identifying the 10 foot anchor becomes much more difficult.
The conservation process will last 18 months to 2 years and then the anchor will be shipped back to Washington.