Experts Claim To Have Found Christopher Columbus’ Anchor

Posted: May 6 2017, 7:20am CDT | by , Updated: May 6 2017, 7:25am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
Experts Claim to have Found Christopher Columbus’ Anchor
An ancient anchor thought to have been left behind by Christopher Columbus' fleet. Credit: Discovery Channel

The anchor was located off the Caribbean shipwreck site and dates back to 1500's

A centuries old anchor believed to be from Christopher Columbus’ fleet has been found deep in the waters off Turks and Caicos Islands – a gateway to Caribbean. The anchor dates back to 1500's, a time when Columbus and his crew embarked on a voyage to find water routes from Europe to Asia.

The anchor weighs between 1,200 and 1,500 pounds and it was possibly a bower anchor. Bower anchors were carried by 300-ton vessels and those ships were typically found in Columbus era.

“That anchor is from Christopher Columbus,” said Darrell Miklos, who is a shipwreck discovery specialist and leader of the Caribbean expedition. “I am telling you, stick around, this is just the beginning of an amazing story.”

Researchers discovered the historic anchor using a ‘space treasure map.’ The map was created by a late NASA astronaut Gordon Cooper, who orbited Earth multiple times aboard its Mercury-Atlas Faith 7 spacecraft in 1963 and mapped out the planet after spotting anomalies from miles above the surface.

Later, he handed it over to Darrell Miklos, who is currently investigating the Caribbean shipwreck site. With the help of map and instruments, Milkos and his colleagues were able to identify several shipwreck sites in the region. During underwater search, they found a centuries old anchor at one of the shipwrecks. The anchor is of Spanish origin and likely belongs to a Spanish sailor Vicente Yanez Pinzon. He along with his brother Martin Alonso Pinzon was part of the Columbus expeditions. In 1500, the fleet was caught in a fierce storm and two of its ships sank off near Turks and Caicos islands. The anchor is also damaged, possibly due to the pressure exerted by the storm.

In addition, the team has found a trove of artifacts, including grappling hooks, broken pieces of pottery and an olive jar.

“The way that ships wreck is that they leave a trail,” Discovery channel spokesman told Fox News. “So the anchor is pointing to more artifacts/ treasure to be found.”

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