Christchurch: An anchor recovered by a cruise ship near Stewart Island, south of New Zealand’s South Island, could be up to 157 years old.
The mysterious anchor was found in Paterson Inlet last week after it was snagged by the cruise vessel Milford Wanderer.
Real Journeys general manager Paul Norris said the Milford Wanderer had anchored for the night in the area during a five-day cruise and when the crew went to pull their anchor up, the old one came along.
Norris said the initial thought was “Crikey, that looks a bit old”.
The crew decided to place the anchor onshore and advise the Department of Conservation about the find.
It is now on the beach at Sydney Cove, Ulva Island.
The roughly 27 guests onboard had been excited and inquisitive about the find, Norris said.
Department of Conservation heritage and visitors senior ranger Dale Chittenden said they were “not sure exactly where the anchor could have come from, but there are three potential options”, which were the brig Amherst, Pacific or Cosmopolite.