Anchor from 1800s to become Fairhope park display

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FAIRHOPE – A ship’s anchor from a 19th century vessel that was later found on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico will soon have a new home as a display at a Fairhope park.

The iron anchor was found by Robert Lee Taylor Jr. near Fort Morgan in 1976. Taylor salvaged the piece, hauling up the massive anchor that was later placed on his property. The family agreed to loan the anchor to the city of Fairhope so that it could be displayed at a city park.

“It’s really incredible,” Richard Johnson, public works director, said. “It appears to be from a wooden sailing ship from around the Civil War era.”

The anchor is now being stored at the Fairhope Public Works Department while officials determine the best site for the display. A sketch of the proposed display shows the anchor flukes being eight feet wide and the display being about 11 feet long.

The agreement between Fairhope and the family calls for the anchor to be loaned to the city for five years with options to extend the loan.

The city will also place a plaque on the display recognizing that the anchor was loaned to Fairhope by the Taylor family.