113-Year-Old Chain from Sunken Ship Stolen

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CONNEAUT, Ohio — A nearly 3,000-pound section of chain recovered from a sunken ship was reportedly stolen from the Lake Erie Boat Club last month.

According to Conneaut police reports, the chain was nearly 28 feet long. It was salvaged, along with an anchor, from the JB Lyons ship, which sank in 1900 just outside Conneaut Harbor.

The family of one of the salvagers donated the chain to be used for a display at the boat club.

It was sitting on the pavement adjacent to the club house until the display could be built, according to police reports.

The chain was last seen on Jan. 27 around noon.

Police reports state that the chain has not surfaced at any area recycling and salvage businesses.

Police said an average size person would not be able to lift the chain, and it’s believed either a tow truck was used or several individuals loaded the chain into a truck.

Anyone with information on the theft should call Conneaut police.