Historic Ship's Anchor Relocated to Alameda

By Christie Smith
|  Monday, Aug 20, 2012  |  Updated 6:50 PM PDT
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A huge piece of military history was plucked from Oakland's Jack London Square on Monday and moved to the U.S.S. Hornet museum in Alameda.

A huge piece of military history was plucked from Oakland's Jack London Square on Monday and moved to the U.S.S. Hornet museum in Alameda.

A huge piece of military history was plucked from Oakland's Jack London Square on Monday and moved to the U.S.S. Hornet museum in Alameda.

A 30,000-pound anchor was lifted by crane from a corner of Embarcadero Street, where it had lived for decades.

The anchor once belonged to the Hornet's sister ship, U.S.S. Oriskanny, which was decommissioned in 1976.  The anchor will replace the one that was removed from the Hornet when it was towed to the Bay Area.

The Hornet saw fierce action in the Pacific theater during World War II and was used as the rescue ship in two of NASA's Apollo missions.

Restoring the anchor is expected to take four months.

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