The Anchor

The plaque at the base of the anchor states: “Spanish Galleon Anchor. Recovered from the wreckage of one of the ill-fated treasure ships sunk in the 1715 hurricane off our shores, this giving rise to the name, ‘The Treasure Coast.’ Donated by Charles A. Sullivan.”

On Saturday, June 14, 2008 there was an article in the Press Journal (tcpalm.com) in the “Remember When” column written by Richard Milton Jones entitled “How Indian River Shores got its big anchor.” The article is reprinted as follows:

In the 1950’s, I had a glass bottom bucket. When the ocean was calm, it was entertaining to drift over the reef near Orchid Island and watch the fish through the glass. One day Pat Corrigan and I noticed a large ring sticking out of the coral. Pat was into skin diving back then, so he went down to see what it was. He pushed some coral off of it and got a hold of the shaft, but couldn’t budge it. We went to shore and got a friend, an ex-University of Florida football player, Fal Johnson to help us. Pat and Fal were able to back it loose from the coral and wrap some rope around the shaft. The three of us pulling dragged it out of the coral reef, but it was too large to put in our boat. We positioned it along side our vessel with ropes and transported it the halfmile to where the road came to the beach. Pat’s dad had a Land Rover with a wench. We were able to pull the massive anchor onto shore where we used an axe and a chisel to remove all the coral. About a week later, another friend, George Martin, with a landing craft that he had bought after the war from the Jacksonville Naval Station, moved that anchor to the Corrigan estate on Orchid. Today it rests in front of the Indian River Shores government buildings.”

The Anchor

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