King’s Lynn crew pulls historic anchor from The Wash

King's Lynn Fisher Fleet. with large Anchor LtoR  Fishermen Stephen Fysh. Mark Freestone.who discovered and recovered the  Vintage anchor ANL-151023-113925009

King's Lynn Fisher Fleet. with large Anchor LtoR Fishermen Stephen Fysh. Mark Freestone.who discovered and recovered the Vintage anchor ANL-151023-113925009

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A surprising haul was pulled from The Wash last week by Lynn fishermen who found a historic anchor.

Skipper Mark Freestone and the crew on board the Charlotte pulled the relic from a sandbank off the Lincolnshire coast on Thursday last week.

The anchor lay hidden within the sandbanks in the Wash for many years and is estimated to be more than 100 years-old due to its preserved wooden stock.

Now boat owner John Lake is hoping that the 8ft anchor could be preserved at a museum.

Mr Lake, who owns John Lake Shellfish, said: “I think the anchor is 100 years-old as it has a wooden stock. This is quite unusual.

“The stock is probably oak and was buried in the sand so it has been quite well preserved.

“It would have caused damage to a smaller boat but because we are fairly modern we have the means to get at it.”

Unfortunately, the Charlotte, which is moored in Lynn, has suffered some damaged by lifting the anchor, which Mr Lake estimates weighs a few tonnes.

The boat which has a Hiab crane on board, was able to pull out the anchor.

But whilst it was being hoisted on board it has damaged a beam.

Mr Lake said: “We are not sure what we are going to do with it now.

“I have reported it to a museum. Hopefully a relic like this would be interesting to people as there is so much history to it.”

Two years ago, a giant anchor was discovered on a beach in Cefn Sidan Sands in Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, due to shifting sands.

More than 300 ships have been wrecked along this part of the Welsh coast.