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

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.

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.   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

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Waiting to be tied down to the truck so they don’t shift.

The Artifacts in the Park campaign rolls on and so do our anchors. Some of them recently took a ride down Jefferson Avenue to Davis Boat Works in downtown Newport News.

Thanks to a generous offer from Senator Frank Wagner, our process has changed dramatically. Wagner donated the services of his marine repair facility, Davis Boat Works. With their expertise, staff from Coastal Cleaning and a blasting process involving recycled glass media, a job that would take us months to complete by hand is now reduced to just a few days. When the cleaning is completed, each piece gets coated with an anti-corrosive product and a polyurethane finish that will protect the artifacts for at least 20 years.   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