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Museum Commemorates Anchor Centenary

Anchor outside museum

31 May 2011

100 years ago, on the 1st May, the world’s largest anchor was transported from Noah Hingley’s works in Netherton to the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast destined for the world’s most famous shipwreck – the Titanic.  A 16-tonne full-size working replica anchor has been exhibited at Black Country Living Museum since October 2010 and to commemorate this historic journey the Museum has unveiled a new exhibit to accompany the anchor during Easter holidays.

The exhibit traces the story of the anchor and narrates the anchor making history of this landlocked region.  Since the 1840s, the Black Country had been Great Britain’s leading centre for the making of anchors and marine chain, playing a crucial part in equipping the Royal Navy and the merchant fleet.

The anchor was pulled from Netherton to Dudley last year when it retraced its original 1911 journey as part of a Channel 4 history series. The replica anchor is on loan to the Museum from Dudley Metropolitan Council whilst a permanent site is created. 

Once the world’s largest passenger ship, Titanic, labelled unsinkable by the White Star Line, sank after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage in 1912 with the loss of 1,517 lives. The Titanic’s central bow anchor was, for a time, the world’s largest ever hand-forged anchor, weighing in at an impressive 15 tons and 16 cwts. The Titanic had three anchors, two at the bow and one at the stern, weighing eight and a half tons each.

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