Client: The Viking Ship Museum and the Danish National Museum
Date: 1. Marts 2009
JD-Contractor A/S, together with the Viking Ship Museum and the Danish National Museum, raised an anchor that probably originates from the time of the wars with England at the beginning of the 19th century.
In connection with constructions at sea, e.g. wind turbine parks, harbours, gas pipelines and power cables; marine archaeologists examine the sea floor in order to ensure that the construction does not destroy any ancient artefacts.
The maritime archaeology investigation carried out by the Viking Ship Museum, prior to the construction of the second large offshore wind turbine park at Rødsand, South of Lolland, found 3 anchors and a number of anchor chains that were more than 100 years old and therefore protected by the Danish Museum Act. One of the anchors was in danger of being destroyed by the construction of the wind turbines and it was therefore decided to salvage, conserve and save it for posterity. "M/S Cable One" and it´ crew was used for the salvage operation.
Due to or past experience with excavation and salvaging from historic shipwrecks, together with Museums, JD-Contractor A/S was contracted to help the museums with the salvaging of the anchor. The operation was funded by E.ON Danmark, the developers behind the offshore wind farm.
See the underwater movie of the anchor and read more at the Viking Ship Museum’s website