Robert Lee hooked what he believes is an old aeroplane frame while pulling up anchor off Fraser Island.
Robert Lee hooked what he believes is an old aeroplane frame while pulling up anchor off Fraser Island.

Anchor nets old plane frame

MARYBOROUGH’S Robert Lee has reeled in some weird and wonderful bits and pieces from the bottom of the ocean in his time – but nothing will ever top what he has just caught off Fraser Island.

Rusty, mangled and covered in barnacles, an old aeroplane came to the surface with his anchor.

“We noticed the electric winch was working extra hard,” he said. “So we went to the front of the boat and saw something coming to the surface with a heap of barnacles stuck to it.

“It was an old aeroplane frame. There was no cabin or wings but I recognised it straight away as I’ve just seen welding on an aeroplane frame.”

Mr Lee, a business owner, said the discovery – in about 15 metres of water at McKenzie’s Jetty near Kingfisher Bay – was odd but he assumed it was thrown in the water years ago when the jetty was still in use.

“I reckon it’s been there at least 40 years ... the barnacles were huge – at least five to six inches.

“It could be anything – it could be a trailer – but to me it looks like it was an aeroplane.”

After the surprise wore off, Mr Lee and his friends spent one frustrating hour removing the rusty carcass from his anchor chain.

“We had been anchored in that spot for two days. The anchor chain had gone through the frame and it was tangled pretty well.

“I’ve never hooked on to anything like that before and I never want to again.”



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