November 19, 2009

Stuck in English Harbor

As we went to leave for a trip around to the east of Antigua we found that we could not raise our anchor. I donned my snorkeling gear and grabbed a dive light. We had hooked an old anchor chain.... a really old one. About 6 inch by 3 inch links. We worked a line around the chain then lowered the anchor again, swimming it forward and then raising it. It only took about 5 minutes but was intimidating because of the size of the chain we had hooked. I guess that is the danger of visiting ports that have been used for the last 200+ years for shipping and bases for war ships.

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