South West Wales

Port Eynon: 4.5 tonne anchor from Agnes Jack shipwreck stolen

A 4.5 tonne anchor from an historic wreck off the Gower in south Wales has been stolen from a boat club yard.

The SS Agnes Jack, a Liverpool steamer, sank off Port Eynon Point in 1883, and the tragedy led to the creation of Port Eynon lifeboat.

A year ago divers recovered the anchor and gave it to Port Eynon Boat Club to become a focal point on a roundabout.

Club officials believe the 3m anchor was lifted away by a crane or something similar and it may be sold for scrap.

Club secretary Geoffrey Payne said: "It's our heritage. They just took it.

"The thieves couldn't just pick it up and take it away because it was so heavy. They would have probably needed a crane or some mechanical means.

"It'll probably be sold for scrap."

South Wales Police said they were investigating the theft and are appealing for information.

The anchor was taken between 16:00 BST last Friday and 13:30 BST on Monday.

The eight sailors who died with the loss of the SS Agnes Jack are buried in Port Eynon churchyard.

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