Maritime archaeologists, he said, determined it was a 19th century folding stock anchor that probably predated the Civil War.
Because of its size, Wilson said it was probably on a smaller ship, like a schooner.
The anchor was turned over to the Alabama Historical Commission, said Wilson.
Had the boat captain followed “protocol,” Wilson said, the “anchors should have been left in place and documented,” not transported back to shore, he said. “If needed, we send people underwater to survey the artifacts.”