Hurricane Serves Up Historic Weapon
After Hurricane Sandy smashed ashore on the Delaware River in October, members of the Anchor Yacht Club in Bristol, Pennsylvania, faced quite a cleanup. Among the flotsam was a 28-foot log that had come to rest against a river mooring. Commodore Kevin Coyne noticed something strange about it: One end of the log was tipped with an iron point.
“I told the others, ‘If that’s what I think it is, we’ve found a Revolutionary War artifact.’”
As yachtsmen lifted the object onto a trailer for transport to the club’s boatyard, Coyne contacted Craig Bruns, chief curator of the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia. Bruns confirmed that the relic appeared to be a cheval-de-frise, designed to sink British ships.