The Big Anchor Project Makes a Splash

Citizen scientists around the world are being urged to share their anchor afindsa following the relaunch of an online resource that aims to be the worldas biggest public record of these iconic objects.A

The Nautical Archaeology Society( NAS) has relaunched the popular Big Anchor Project following a generous public response to a crowdfunding campaign that met its target in just 2 month. And now itas appealing to the publicayoung and old, enthusiasts and professionalsato explore this rapidly growing and free public resource, as well as adding information and photos of their own discovers utilizing its easy-to-use interface.A A

A aWe are looking forward to seeing new anchor records from every corner of the globe, a says NAS CEO Mark Beattie-Edwards. aWe want to showcase the amazing scope of anchors out there.a

The relaunch comes a decade after the project first went live, and just a year after malicious hackers sent the original website crashing beyond mend. The more-than-8 00 original records were not lost, and these are once again accessible on the new websiteA through an interactive map.

aWe were thrilled when the target of APS2, 500 was reached so quickly, a says Beattie-Edwards. aThe level of public expressed support for get the project website back online was astonishing. It is testimony to the popularity of the concept and the generosity of individuals and organisations who donated.a

The relaunched Big Anchor Project website devised by long-time NAS supporter Mike Postons of 3Deep Media Ltd, who has created a bigger, better and more interactive website. aThe project was established to construct the recording and documentation of anchors easy, accessible and enjoyable, a says Beattie-Edwards. aMikeas design actually meets this objective.aA

The NAS hopes to secure more funding in future for further developments, including creation of an app.A

The anchor has been an icon of maritime life for over four millennia, and has become a symbol of all things nautical. Today the objective is determined as monuments in seaside townships, as decorative pieces in gardens and museums, and on the sea floor. aYou never have to go far to find one, a says Beattie-Edwards, ayet so many are undocumented.aA

The project website operates a three-tier recognition system that allows users to record as little or as much about an anchor as they like. User contributions earn aBronzea status if they include just a photograph of the anchor and its locating, aSilvera for identifying its features, and aGolda if they record its dimensions.A

If you would like to support the Big Anchor Project, please visit the NAS website: A

https :// www.nauticalarchaeologysociety.org/ Appeal/ big-anchor-project-appeal

About the Nautical Archaeology Society.A

The Nautical Archaeology Society is a membership society that has been engaging the public in the worldas nautical heritage through education, train, research and publication since 1986. It is a UK-based charity with partners around the world.

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