PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. -

An anchor that may be from one of the earliest ships to explore Northwest waters has been recovered from Admiralty Inlet off Whidbey Island.

The anchor was found six years ago by sea-cucumber diver Doug Monk who formed Anchor Ventures with amateur historian Scott Grimm to bring it to the surface.

The Seattle Times and the Peninsula Daily News report it may be the anchor lost by the HMS Chatham as it explored with Capt. George Vancouver's HMS Discovery in 1792.

The 900-pound anchor was taken Monday to the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend. It will be prepared for shipping to Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where experts will try to determine whether it's really the anchor lost 222 years ago.