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Researching our objects is not only interesting, but can often lead to rather funny stories.  Take for example a small news clip Cindi found the other day about one of our anchors.

Courtesy of The Bee (Danville, Virginia), 22 July 1941
Courtesy of The Bee (Danville, Virginia), 22 July 1941

That must have been quite a sight for motorists that day!  After finding this article, we were able to match it to our anchor DA 63, an Admiralty Anchor with a wooden stock ca 1850.  It was a gift of Southland Iron and Metal Company.  Thankfully it made its way to the museum after the incident and doesn’t appear to have been much worse for the wear.

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Anchor shortly after its arrival to the Museum
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More recent photo of the anchor

I’m also happy to report that this is one of the anchors that has been sponsored in our Art in the Park project! (visit here to see the objects still in need of sponsorship)  The anchor was so kindly sponsored by Tommy and Jerilyn Hale in memory of Henry and Gladys Moger.  It is currently at Davis Boat Works, where the restoration work is taking place.  We look forward to the day that it can return and placed into the park for our visitors to enjoy.

Anchor in process of restoration at Davis Boat Works; new stock already installed
Anchor in process of restoration at Davis Boat Works; new stock already installed