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Wood/Iron Hawse Pipe

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Artifact Description

Included among the various ship's fittings recovered from the Jacksonville "Blue China" wreck site is a wood/iron composite hawse pipe consisting of a 26.8cm-long section of corroded iron pipe with an asymmetrical lip at one end (presumably the outboard one) mounted through wood (inner pipe Diam. 10that .2cm). The preserved circular end is 24.0cm wide, its rim 1.8cm high and 2.0cm thick and the hawse pipe 1.1cm thick. A single circular hole on its edge measures 2.2cm in diameter. Corrosion products from the iron have leached into the wood and preserved the sections closest to the iron. The inner diameter of the pipe, inside which survives a section of iron wire cable, provides an approximation of the maximum size anchor cable used for the vessel.


Other Details

L. 26.8cm