Mid-1800s Era Sunken Anchor

Dublin Core


Mid-1800s Era Sunken Anchor


During production of the documentary Hidden Pacific, released in 2019, divers photographed this anchor off the western reefs. While the anchor itself was not a new discovery, these high resolution images offer a very detailed look at one of the most mysterious relics around Palmyra!

Kydd Pollock, who has lived (for months at a time) and worked on Palmyra for over a decade as part of the Nature Conservancy team, sent us this note about the anchor:

"I took a bunch of measurements of the shaft, flukes, top prongs, chain size etc. and sent them to a guy I know at the museum of tropical Queensland in Townsville, Australia who is a marine archeologist. With all that I sent, he told me the anchor would have been the ship’s ‘storm anchor’ and not the main anchor and that he could place it somewhere between 1840-1880. With some more time and money he said that he could likely narrow down much more and possibly to the actual ship it was from....”

Perhaps someday a full investigation into the anchor's origin will be possible, but in the mean time we're very grateful to the Hidden Pacific crew for sending us these images!


Tandem Stills and Motion


Ian Shive




All images in this collection are property of Tandem Photo and Motion, used here with permission


Tandem Stills and Motion, “Mid-1800s Era Sunken Anchor,” Palmyra Archive, accessed August 12, 2020, http://www.palmyraarchive.org/items/show/244.