A 900 pound anchor has been brought to Texas A&M University by a commercial diver from Port Angeles named Doug Monk together with Scott Grimm, a medical device in Seattle and their team. While diving along Whidbey Island in 2088, Monk’s air hose got stuck on it and led to their discovery of the anchor.
It was believed to be belonging to the HMS Chatham ship of Captain George Vancouver that lost its anchor due to strong tidal current while conducting an exploration journey in June 9, 1792.
The anchor was displayed for a couple of weeks at the Northwest Maritime Center prior to its delivery to Texas. The manager of Texas A&M Conservation Research Lab Project Jim Jobling said, ““This has got many, many interesting facets for us. Whether it’s Vancouver’s or not, we may never be able to tell for sure. But it’s still a fascinating piece of European exploration.”
For the next 2 years, students in the University will apply solutions and chemicals to remove the deposits that built up around it. In the past, markings of the manufacturer were rarely embedded to the equipment to prevent negative feedback should the device fail. However, this will not discourage the researchers. The restoration process will give the facility a chance to locate any markings or proof that could identify if the anchor really is from HMS Chatham.