While in the process of buttoning down their waterfront for the end of another boating season, several yacht club members discovered a rare piece of Revolutionary War nautical history.
The artifact, one of only four that have been recovered, once struck fear into the heart of the most powerful navy in the world.
As members of the Anchor Yacht Club in Bristol, Pa., were closing up for winter just after Hurricane Sandy, they began their normal procedure of pulling moorings out of the water.
The first one had a 20-foot tree limb caught in the chain, so they set it aside.
They soon found that the second mooring was tangled with what looked like another large branch.
After pulling it up the ramp, the club’s commodore, Kevin Coyne, took a closer look at what appeared to be a 28-foot-long spear. Hecouldn’t believe his eyes.
“I told the others, ‘if that’s what I think it is, we’ve found a Revolutionary War artifact,’” he told The Bucks County Courier Times.