The Anchor on Lake Ave East???? Land Ahoy!!! Mike Flint

The Anchor on Lake Ave East????  Land Ahoy!!! Mike Flint


If you drive down near the end of Lake Avenue East you might spot an anchor stuck in the ground in front of  Bill and Carole Flint’s home. Not everyone has an anchor in their front yard so I had to get the story and Mike Flint was kind enough to share it with me.


I was returning from a dive during the summer of 1987 under the Highway 7 Bridge. On my way back to the boat launch at the west end of Lake Avenue, I came across one of the ends that was sticking out of the mud. Only 6 inches of the anchor was showing, but I recognized what it was.



Out of excitement, I shot to the surface of the water and yelled for my father to come and see.

We marked the spot, and came back with a tractor to retrieve it from the lake.



We partially floated it underneath the boat and dragged it in until the tractor could reach it.

There were markings on the anchor, but not legible to put together any kind of story of where the anchor was made.

Thanks Mike Flint for telling us this story!!!


Steven Flint– I remember scuba diving. I was in the boat when we found it on the Mississippi. We filled 45 gallon drums with water, sunk them then used the scuba tanks underwater to fill them with air. Then pried and the air drums lifted the anchor to the surface. Hauled it into the boat and it’s been at home there ever since.



So was it from the tugboat that used to frequent the Nichols lumberyard where Centennial Park now is– or the steamers that went up and down the Mississippi River?

Jennifer Fenwick Irwin from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum thinks it could be from one of the steam ships or from a lumber raft.


Photo- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum



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Sept 6 1968— Almonte Gazette

A relic of the Mississippi river’s interesting past was reclaimed from the waters recently by Kathy and Keith Dack. The two were diving in the river opposite the former Hawthorne Woollen Mills, now Leigh Instruments, when this discovered a ship’s anchor, well over three feet in length and of tremendous weight.
Does anyone know anything about this?



Is this the one Jennifer Fenwick Irwin has at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Museum? If you know– please let Jennifer Fenwick Irwin know

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)




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The Tale of the Mysterious Lake Ave East Cat

Feeling Groovy by the Lake Ave East Bridge

The Wall Mysteries of Lake Ave East -Residential Artists

The Shadow People of Lake Ave East

October 13, 1977 George W. Raeburn of Lake Ave East— Artist and C. P. R. Man

Is That the Face of a Great Dane in a Lake Ave East Tree?

And Away She Goes on Lake Avenue East

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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