Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Piece of History Finds a New Place to Drop Anchor

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Piece of History Finds a New Place to Drop Anchor

Article excerpt

WHEN businessman Bob Latimer shelled out for a shipyard anchor, he also bought into a maritime mystery.

Bob, with son Robert, runs Latimer's shellfish deli at Whitburn in South Tyneside.

The business is on the border with Sunderland and Bob wanted to a install a maritime gateway feature marking the start of South Tyneside.

He visited the Swan Hunter shipyard in Wallsend when the site was being stripped after closure.

"I saw a huge anchor in a corner, covered by nettles and briars," said Bob.

He bought the 5.5 tonne anchor and hired a lorry to transport it.

"As it was being loaded a man at the yard said that the anchor was from the liner Mauretania," said Bob. The great Tyne-built liner left the river in 1907 to begin what was to be an illustrious career.

Now Bob is putting the final touches to siting the anchor and is hoping to establish if he has a hefty piece of Mauretania history.

"Because of its size it must have come from one almighty big ship," said Bob. …

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