Anchor and cannon found off Hong Kong

Divers in Hong Kong discovered a large anchor stock and a cannon, the former dating to the Song Dynasty.

Hong Kong’s sunken treasure: ancient anchor and cannon reveal our rich maritime history
South China Morning Post, 19 July 2016

Two monumental artefacts were recovered over the weekend by a local diving group, marking a maritime heritage milestone for Hong Kong.

A diving team from the Hong Kong Underwater Heritage Group recovered an anchor stock – the upper part of an anchor – around Basalt Island, and a cannon off the coast of High Island. The anchor stock is believed to date back to the Song Dynasty, making it over 1,000 years old – Hong Kong’s oldest marine artefact.

“It’s important for Hong Kong’s [maritime] history because it’s evidence to show that Hong Kong is a location worth investigating,” Dr Libby Chan Lai-pik, senior curator at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum said. The museum is a sponsor of the Underwater Heritage Group.

“The anchor is proof that Hong Kong was perhaps quite advanced during the Song Dynasty in terms of water transport and commercial trade.”

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17th century anchor recovered from Hue waters

While the headline on the page is about a Boddhisattva statue that changes colour with the light, of greater interest is the recovery of a large anchor in the waters of Hue, dating to around the 17th century.

Huge wooden anchor found in Hue
Vietnam Net, 13 October 2014
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Rare anchors found in the Red River

A restaurant owner in Hanoi is in the possession of two unusual wooden anchors that were recovered from the Red River.

Source: Vietnam Net 20140802
Source: Vietnam Net 20140802

Red River treasure amazes global antique enthusiasts
Vietnam Net, 02 August 2014
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Looted Subic Bay anchor retrieved

An anchor believed to be looted from a shipwreck in Subic Bay has been recovered by the Philippine authorities.

Subic Bay anchor. Source: 20140526
Subic Bay anchor. Source: 20140526

Stolen marine artifact recovered in Subic Bay
Business Mirror, 25 May 2014

Anchor stolen from Subic shipwreck retrieved, 26 May 2014
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Philippine shipwreck looters foiled

Five shipwreck looters were caught trying to salvage a wreck in the Subic Bay without permission (but later released?)

Source: Philippine Inquirer 20140328
Source: Philippine Inquirer 20140328

5 charged with looting shipwreck in Subic Bay
Inquirer, 28 March 2014
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