Historic Anchor Could Form New Focal Point In Scilly

Todd Stevens at the site where the anchor was found

Todd Stevens at the site where the anchor was found

A St Mary’s underwater explorer wants the 18th century anchor he found earlier this year to be turned into a new public focal point.

Diver Todd Stevens says he and Robin Burrows lifted the 3.5 tonne, 18 feet long, wrought iron haul with Pete Carrs’ help in October.

At first the divers thought it was from HMS Colossus, which went down in 1798, although Todd says information that came to light later shows that an similar anchor from the HMS Association wreck was dumped close to the site in the 1960’s.

He says if it turns out to be from one of the two wrecks, either way it’s an important part of the islands’ history and he believes it should be on display, not left on the seabed.

It’s currently in a conservation pit where fresh water is being used to get the salt out of the metal.

But he’d like it to be placed in a position where the community and visitors can appreciate it.

Todd says someone has suggested that Porthcressa Bank, the area next to the Schiller Shelter, would be a great place for the display.

But he says there’s a long way to go before that can happen.

The conservation work needs completing, something Todd is doing himself, and funds will have to be found to pay for supports for the display.



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