Art in the Park Update – Admiralty Type Anchor (DA 85)

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The last time I posted about this anchor, so generously sponsored by The Bronze Door Society for the Art in the Park project, I showed pictures of it after being cleaned, covered with anti-corrosive and with a first coat of paint.  The anchor has come a long way since then and has now been placed in its appointed location, although work for its display is not complete quite yet.

Here is the spot where the anchor is set to go, getting ready to lift it into place   Read more

Art in the Park – Trotman Anchor (DA 84)

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It’s time to talk about another one of our Artifact in the Park objects, a Trotman Anchor (ca 1857-1890) sponsored by The Bronze Door Society (a big thank you to them!).  This anchor was one of several donated in 1961 to us by Baldt Anchor, Chain and Forge Division of The Boston Metals Company.  It gets its name from John Trotman, who patented this particular type of anchor in 1852.  This particular anchor was made by Noah Hingley & Sons Ltd. of Netherton, England, a company that was involved with creating the anchors used by RMS Titanic and RMS Lusitania.

Above is the anchor being taken from our trailer into Davis Boat Works, as this was another one that they and Everette Howell from Coastal Cleaning LLC worked on.  There is no way that we would have ever been able to work on these as fast as they have been, which is a big help in keeping up with the project.   Read more

Art in the Park – Admiralty Type Anchor (DA 85)

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Here I am again to talk about another one of our Art in the Park anchors, this one also sponsored by the Bronze Door Society (they have been super kind to sponsor three of our anchors!).  This one is an admiralty type anchor (ca 1900-1950), which was a very popular type of anchor in the 19th century as the design was thought to be superior.

This particular anchor (seen flying in the picture above) was part of a large donation of anchors by the Baldt Anchor, Chain and Forge Division of the Boston Metals Company in 1961.  A very generous donation.  Like many others, this anchor was taken to Davis Boat Works where Everette Howell and others worked on blasting, cleaning and painting it for us.  And we are extremely grateful to them for the help!   Read more

Art in the Park – Iron Stock Trotman Anchor (DA 64)

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As mentioned in a previous article, we have a current project going titled Artifacts in the Park where we are working on cleaning up some of our large, metal objects (anchors, cannons, propellers, etc.) after being sponsored by someone, or a group of someones.  These artifacts will then be moved out to areas all over the park for our visitors to enjoy.  No sense in keeping all of our awesome objects to ourselves!

The first object I’m going to discuss is an iron stock Trotman type anchor, ca 1852-1890 (Accession # DA 64).  This particular design was patented in 1852 by John Trotman (hence the name), who had improved upon the designs of Hornibal, Porter and Piper.  This type of anchor was frequently used in the marine merchant service.   Read more