National Geographic : 1957 Dec
Raised from Ocean's Gloom, the Anchor Sees Sunlight Again Irving Johnson volunteered to raise the relic. With consummate seamanship he maneuvered the 96-foot-long Yankee through heavy swells into position di rectly above the anchor. He then lowered his own Danforth anchor to waiting divers, who passed a wire loop from fluke to fluke. Using her winch, Yankee then took a strain. The mass of iron trembled and shifted, but would not break free from the sand. "I remembered," says Captain Johnson. "that my dentist, when pulling a tooth, yanks from several directions, so I maneu vered the Yankee to take a strain al ternately from each side." After 15 minutes of hauling and jockey ing, the old anchor suddenly let go in a cloud of sand (below). Here, as the hook emerges, divers make fast extra lines. + The salvaged 12-foot anchor rests on the landing in Bounty Bay. When it broke free from the bottom, most of the wooden stock remained buried and only the fragment shown at the feet of young Fletcher Christian was recovered. The anchor is the old Admiralty pattern, which was distinguished by straight-V flukes. Rounded flukes did not come into use until about 1810. The short length of chain attached to the ringbolt probably was used to make the anchor fast when it was raised to the cathead.