More About The ‘Edithburgh Anchor’

May 15, 2018 | Posted in: Maritime History

Steve Simmons has now sent us some further details regarding the anchor newly discovered at the Edithburgh swimming pool: –

“Hi Steve, just a follow up on the anchor, I’ve now placed a guideline from one of the old sea net pylons all the way to the anchor about 200m.

The Edithburgh swimming pool

(Photo taken by Steve Simmons)

Of the 3 pylons on the right in the picture, the middle/corner pylon is where the first line is attached. It then goes to a metal grid, with the second line running 148m from the grid all the way to the anchor (240 degrees east of the grid that the line is attached to). The line is held to the bottom with star droppers.

The guideline

(Photo taken by Steve Simmons)

 

The important rule for divers is the guideline is just that, it’s a guideline not a safety line or emergency line to hold on to, follow the line but stay clear of it, at least half a metre, that way it will stay in tact for years unless we are unfortunate enough that a boatie hooks it with their anchor. Therefore, I would strongly suggest an easy shore dive to the anchor rather that divers trying to dive it from a boat.

The guideline

(Photo taken by Steve Simmons)


As a suggestion, those conscientious divers that want to test their navigation skills could follow the guideline to the anchor, take a bearing south to the jetty and use the reciprocal bearing next time to dive from the jetty straight to the anchor next time they want to dive it, that way there is the easy route and their own route. It’s a thrill to find and look over it, there is some good growth and macro stuff on it so, whichever way you want to go, I am sure you will enjoy the dive.

Aerial map showing approximate location of the anchor

 (Courtesy of Steve Simmons)

 

Many thanks go to Steve Simmons for his efforts and also for passing these details and photos on to us.

Steve Reynolds is the current President of MLSSA and is a long-standing member of the Society. Steve is a keen diver, underwater explorer, photographer and is chief author of the Society's extensive back catalogue of newsletters and journals.

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