Century-old anchor returned to bottom of sea

MONTEREY BAY, Calif.

With help from the Monterey Harbor Office, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary staff returned the 12-foot, 3,000- to 4,000-pound iron admiralty-style anchor, which was made sometime between 1850 and 1900 and used on large sailing ships.

The anchor's age qualifies it as a historic resource protected under the National Marine Sanctuaries Act. Marine archeologists advised the anchor be immediately returned to sea to prevent deteriorating.

The anchor had been snared in a purse seine net during a commercial fishing operation last month but was returned 30 feet deep into the sea on a sand bottom Thursday.

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