10/20/2014 01:54 EDT | Updated 12/20/2014 05:59 EST

Canadian naval anchor from early 1900s unearthed in Halifax harbour

HALIFAX - The federal Defence Department says an anchor believed to have been used on a Canadian military vessel in the early 1900s has been unearthed in Halifax.

The department says the anchor was found by an excavation crew working at a demolition site at HMC Dockyard on the Halifax harbour last Tuesday.

It says after consulting with a naval expert and comparing the anchor to documents and photos, it is believed to have been attached to HMCS Niobe, one of Canada's earliest navy vessels.

The anchor is about four metres tall and weighs roughly 2,000 pounds.

HMCS Niobe was purchased from Portsmouth, England, and arrived in Halifax on Oct. 21, 1910.

The Defence Department says the discovery comes just before an annual celebration for HMCS Niobe scheduled for Tuesday.