What's This?

Competiton time! - Every so often, an item is raised from a wreck which defies identification. This is your chance to display your knowledge of maritime fixtures and fittings. This page contains a number of items whose purposes are currently unknown. All you have to do is take a look at the pictures and send an email with your suggestion. All sensible suggestions will be added to this page

If you have a mysterious lump of spidge rotting in your garden shed, feel free to clean it up and send me a picture and I'll add it to this page. You never know, you may have uncovered a real archaeological treasure...

This page is just one of the entries in Shonas diving pages. Click on one of the items below to access detailed information on that subject. Any errors or omissions should be sent to the author for inclusion.

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April 2005
October 2004
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June 2004

This item was raised from the bow area of HMS Warwick Deeping a couple of seasons ago. It's approx 12" in height and has been made by hand rather than by machine (scribe marks still visible when originally setting the work out). The lid is hinged but is unmarked. Made from brass sheet with an obvious pipe connector at the bottom. Could this be the captains piss-pipe from the bridge?

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Piss pipe?

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October 2004

This item was raised from the 'Eleanor" off the Back of the Isle of Wight. It's about 14 inches long, well engineered. It has a 5 inch brass spike type thing, which screws into a 2inch round cylinder. (the top of this unscrews) The cylinder is hollow with two oval holes. Inside is a piston type thing with 4 ball bearings holding it in place.The piston is connected to a well engineered piece of brass, with a round end and a keyway cut into it. The only markings I can see .......an oval with NhO and either BB or EB.

Possible identities are a det from a sea mine or a det from a WW1 depth charge.

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Depth charge pistol?

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April 2005

This item was raised a few years ago from the Ajax off the Isle of Wight. It's a brass tripod about 10inches tall, and 8 across.

Can anyone identify this?

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any suggestions?

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