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Anchor From HMS Investigator


Jim Lad
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Perhaps one especially for our Australian members.

 

This is one of the bower anchors from Matthew Flinders' 'Investigator'.  It's on display at the South Australian Maritime Museum.

 

On his circumnavigation of Australia in 1803, Flinders anchored off Middle Island, to the east of Esperance, to gather wood and seal oil and to hunt geese.  When the wind blew up as he was preparing to leave, he was forced to cut his anchor cables and sail out to avoid the risk of being driven ashore.  The anchors were recovered in 1973.

 

John

 

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