News 12 Brooklyn Launches Campaign to Save Brooklyn Heights’ Anchor

A 19th Century boat anchor that has been in front of 76 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights since 1981 is the subject of a campaign by local residents to save it by moving it to a new location nearby.

News 12 Brooklyn Launches Campaign to Save Brooklyn Heights’ Anchor

Brooklyn Heights

A 19th Century boat anchor that has been in front of 76 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights since 1981 is the subject of a campaign by local residents to save it by moving it to a new location nearby.

Residents Brendan and Devan Spearo say they don’t want to see the anchor cast away into the trash, so they are leading a charge to move the anchor somewhere else, like the promenade that overlooks the East River.

When Friend of a Farmer, the restaurant that is moving into 76 Montague, announced that they wanted to remove the anchor to allow outside seating, the neighborhood reaction was swift. Many children have played on the anchor and many consider it one of the charms of the waterfront community.

News 12 does have one piece of misinformation in the report as they state the anchor has been in Brooklyn Heights for centuries. Wolf Spille rescued the anchor from a shipbreaker’s yard on Staten Island and placed it in front of his ship brokerage business. The anchor, according to Mr. Spille, dates from sometime between 1830 and 1860.

 

 


19th Century boat anchor at 76 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights. ©Mark D Phillips