The Anglesea Motor Yacht Club has restored the famous Inverlochy anchor thanks to members of the club, local tradesmen, an experienced local conservator and a Great Ocean Road Coast Committee Coastal Grant for $2,869.
Anglesea Motor Yacht Club’s Wes Smith and Great Ocean Road Coast Committee’s Richard Davies were joined at the site by long time local Jon Arthur, who along with three mates originally retrieved the anchor in the early 1960s, creating media interest at the time.
The Melbourne Sun gave the find prominent coverage in an article in September 1962.
Anglesea Motor Yacht Club President Wes Smith said the restored anchor, plinth and plaque would help tell an important story in the history of Anglesea.
“Some of the pioneers of the Anglesea Motor Yacht Club, who were keen divers, retrieved the anchor and mounted it on a concrete slab at Point Roadknight.
“Years of corrosion took its toll, but thanks to this new work we’ve been able to restore the anchor, base and tell the story with a plaque.
“We are very grateful to Great Ocean Road Coast Committee for supporting this important project.”
Great Ocean Road Coast Committee Chief Executive Officer Richard Davies said it was great to see a piece of Anglesea history restored to its former glory.
“The restored Anchor and plaque are a great tribute to the club and everyone involved.”
The historic ship anchor, from the wreck of the three masted barque “Inverlochy” which sank after striking Ingoldsby Reef (offshore from the Eumeralla Scout Camp) in a fog in 1902.
Anglesea Motor Yacht Club
Founded in the late 1950’s the club is very popular with locals and visitors to the area. In summer it is home to a number of community activities including Surf Lifesaving for Pt. Roadknight beach, Vic Swim programs, Tackers sailing, Anglesea Roo Run, and the Anglesea Rock to Ramp swim. In more recent times it has become well known for the famous Rusty Anchor Bar.
Great Ocean Road Coast Committee
Great Ocean Road Coast is a not-for-profit organisation that manages 37km of Crown land reserves between Torquay and Lorne. All dollars raised through our commercial operations are reinvested back into the coastal reserves, caravan parks, and the community.