Giant ship’s anchor discovered under Progreso’s Malecon

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Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
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Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
The 10-foot steel anchor discovered in Progreso has been the talk of the town over the past week. Photo: Courtesy

Weighing in at nearly two tons, a massive anchor discovered last week by city workers in Progreso remains surrounded by mystery. 

As soon as the photos of the gigantic anchor started to circulate on social media, it seems just about everyone had a theory.

Some of the most outlandish of these theories circulating on social media include stories of the anchor’s origin on a Viking or pirate ship. 

Progreso Mayor Julián Zacarías Curi refered to the discovery as part of the costal town’s rich heritage.

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Locals also speculated that the anchor may have belonged to either a British Colonial or Dutch ship. 

As it turns out, INAH researchers believe that well over a century ago, the ship’s anchor was lost at sea 1.5 miles off the coast by a large merchant ship of unknown origin. 

It is thought that the anchor simply sat at the bottom of the ocean until storms pushed it toward land.

As the heavy machinery needed to move the extremely heavy object was not existent, the decision was likely taken to simply pave over it. 

An old ship’s anchor in Progreso has been retrieved by the INAH for further study. Photo: Courtesy
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