8,000 lb anchor shipped to Windsor Port Authority
An 8,000 lb anchor is shipped to the Windsor Port Authority on March 13, 2019. (Courtesy Windsor Port Authority)
Published Wednesday, March 13, 2019 3:35PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, March 14, 2019 5:27PM EDT
An 8,000 pound anchor has a new home in Sandwich Town.
The anchor was manufactured in Cleveland and salvaged from a scrapped Laker that previously sailed the Great Lakes – and likely the Detroit River.
The anchor, and its 1,200 pound chain, now sits outside of the Windsor Port Authority office on Sandwich Street.
Harbour Master Peter Berry tells CTV Windsor, the installment is part of an outdoor museum being built thanks to a $107,000 Ontario Trillium Grant.
The port authority contributed $258,000 towards the project which saw the outdoor feature include new lights, benches, fences and trees. Berry adds plaques will also be included to commemorate the history of the area.
Berry says the ship the anchor came from was The James Norris. The port authority's records show the hip docked in Windsor at least once a year, every year, since 1995, bringing loads of gravel and salt. It's last visit to Windsor was on November 24, 2011 before being decommissioned on December 6, 2011.
The anchor cost the port authority about $5,000 after being ordered from a ship salvaging company in Port Colborne, Ontario in November.
Front Construction was hired to install the heavy piece of cast iron.