A too good holding ground?
02 August 2009 | Devil's Island, French Guyana
The area around Iles du Salut was popular with the sport fishermen from Kourou and they took their families for some fun in the sun on weekends. There are no moskitos, this was one of the reason for turning them into prison islands. On Sunday evening a distraught owner of a motor boat with flybridge came alongside Diesel Duck asking for help. He had spent most of the day anchored out fishing and as he was going to leave for port, his Danforth style anchor would not budge. After many unsuccessful tries to raise the anchor he'd given up and put a float to the end of his anchor rope. However, it was too dark now to venture into the reef area and we said we would help him early in the morning. But as we were ready to give this guy a hand in the morning, a funny thing happened when we pulled our own anchor up. An old, rusty Fishermen's anchor lay on top our Roll Bar anchor(Original Buegel Anchor 37kg/80lb.). Maybe it was lost when they shipped in prisoners back then.
The stuck Danforth anchor of the sport fisherman was really stuck in something and our Ideal Windlass laboured hard, pulling the bow of Diesel Duck down in the process, popped the breaker once. I thought the anchor rode of that Danforth would snap any moment, but finally something gave and the anchor came up. I can see now why there might be a few anchors laying on the bottom in these waters.