G - Man , I've found a few of those anchors. Was told they are made in Rockhall by a welder and hence - are called " Rockhall anchor ".
Many upper bay charter boats use them. The anchor is not heavy but holds very well , especially on shell bottom where a danforth type has trouble.
Before windlass were popular - having a light anchor that held well was a big advantage. It was no big deal to haul it in by hand so a mate was not worn out if the boat needed to move a lot.
Where did you find it ?
What could be more mundane than dying of old age or of natural causes when there is death by misadventure to be pursued ? Skip