September 26, 2009
S.C. ‘anchor farm’ preserves sea relics
A massive early-19th century ship's anchor found off the coast of South Carolina will become part of an underwater
anchor farm, state officials say.
The 1,400-pound anchor, discovered last spring by a state Department of Natural Resources trawler, would have been too expensive to move, especially since its historical significance is undetermined. So instead, it will become part of state's Cooper River Heritage Trail, The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier reported Saturday.
unique,Chris Amer, the state's underwater archaeologist, told the Post and Courier.
Amer said that submerging the anchors in the fresh water of the Cooper River preserves and protects them without the costs of restoring iron.