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Museum authorities recover 18th century iron anchor

Written by: Staff

Tiruchirapalli, Mar 30 (UNI) Government authorities have recovered an 18th century iron anchor, from an old blacksmith in Edumalai village of Tiruchirapalli district.

Talking to UNI, P Rajamohan, Curator of the museum said officials went to the village on getting information that an antique iron Anchor was being used as a base block by Kesava Achari (60), a blacksmith and recovered it.

Mr Rajmohan said physical study of the 12 feet high and six feet broad anchor with the headside weighing about one tonne was over 300 years-old. The fact that there are no traces of rust despite exposure to sun and rain for several years on the piece which also lacks any shipmarks or symbols, shows it was made of high grade iron.

He said since there was no naval activity or movement of ships in that area or its surroundings, either it could have been manufactured in Edumalai village or abandoned here in transit.

The anchor which was lifted by crane and brought to the museum, is attracting a large number of visitors, he said.

Further studies were on to find other details about the anchor.


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