Belvedere resident lands nautical artifact from China Cabin
A centuries-old anchor that sat in front of Belvedere’s China Cabin for 30 years has found a new home after storm action over the years caused it to tip toward the landmark building, threatening to damage it.
A construction crew from Hadley General Contractors hoisted the nearly 700-pound anchor out of the bay with a forklift on Feb. 8 and carried it down the street, placing the artifact in Beach Road resident Mel Owen’s front lawn.
The Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society, which maintains the cabin, first offered the anchor to the San Francisco and Corinthian yacht clubs, which both declined. The organization’s next call was to Owen, a self-described historical and nautical enthusiast who also serves on the city’s Historical Preservation Committee.
Owen, who says he grew up on a boat and has a whole room in his home dedicated to maritime paraphernalia, welcomed the addition to his collection. “I like older things,” he says. “You think about where they’ve been, and it’s just fun to see history.”