THE mystery surrounding a recently unearthed South Tyneside anchor may have been solved.
Paul Simpson, landlord of the Marsden Grotto in South Shields, discovered the 6ft anchor on Marsden Beach early last month.
The 40-year-old spent three hours digging up the maritime relic and dragging it over to his pub’s decking area.
Since then, Gazette readers have been in touch to say they too spotted the anchor on the beach during the early to mid-1990s.
But now George Jolley, a former lecturer from South Shields Marine and Technology College’s electrical, electronics and radio department, has shed further light on the discovery.
Mr Jolley, from Cleadon Village, said: “The anchor was never lost, as it was resident upon the patio area of the Grotto for more than 20 years, when the pub was under Vaux membership.
“When the place was shut down, someone obviously tried to steal it for scrap, pulling it into the beach below.”
Mr Simpson was keen to trace the anchor back to its original ship, but Mr Jolley believes it could have always been for ornamental purposes.
He said: “This anchor has seen little service, as it’s in too good a condition.
“It was probably made as an ornament. If not, it should carry Lloyds markings.
“I have pictures of some of the department’s members with the anchor during our Christmas party on December 20, 1990.”