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Anchor recovery is underway off Central Whidbey

A dive crew prepares to enter the water off Central Whidbey near the Ledgewood neighborhood to attempt to recover a long-lost anchor some say is from Captain George Vancouver
A dive crew prepares to enter the water off Central Whidbey near the Ledgewood neighborhood to attempt to recover a long-lost anchor some say is from Captain George Vancouver's visit to the Pacific Northwest.
— image credit: Justin Burnett / The Record

Anchor Ventures LLC, the group of history hunters seeking to recover an anchor they believe is from the historic exploration of the Pacific Northwest's waterways by English explorer George Vancouver will begin their operation today around noon off the west side of Central Whidbey Island.

Record editor Justin Burnett was invited to join them as they haul it up using a specially crafted cradle. Divers will connect a barge-crane's hook to the cradle which is about a half-mile from the beach near the Ledgewood neighborhood and north of Lake Hancock in Greenbank.

There is a dive boat with a dive team, two large boats with the Seattle Times and a documentary crew, a sailboat and a pair of run-abouts.

One possible viewing location is the Ledgewood beach.

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