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Anchor found off US might be from 1792 expedition

Port Townsend, Washington (AP) – Experts will examine an anchor recovered north of Seattle to determine if it was from one of the earliest European ships to explore the waters off America’s northwest coast.

The anchor was found six years ago by sea-cucumber diver Doug Monk, who formed Anchor Ventures with amateur historian Scott Grimm to bring it to the surface.

The Seattle Times and the Peninsula Daily News report the 900-pound (408-kilogram) anchor might be the one lost by the HMS Chatham, a Royal Navy survey brig. The ship accompanied the HMS Discovery as British explorer George Vancouver’s charted the West Coast in 1792.

The anchor was taken Monday to the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend. It will be prepared for shipping to Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where experts will try to determine whether it’s really the anchor lost 222 years ago.