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.