The large anchor you see as you come into the Aquarium was recovered (with much difficulty) from 40m of water depth just off the wharf at Norris Point by Dr. Bob Hooper.
The anchor resembles those used by the British Navy in the late 1800s. It is interesting in that it predates forged shackles, and since it was not part of a wreck, we think it was likely dropped from the boat by accident.
Someone will have got themselves into a lot of trouble in the late 1800s.
Dr. Hooper and other recreational divers have recovered a lot of artifacts from the depths of Bonne Bay through the years, some of which are included in our displays. Come and have a look around!