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Relics From a Sunken Vessel


Wednesday, October 11, 1939

Relics of Ancient Wreck Brought Up By Dragger

A bushel basket full of human bones, a flintlock musket, an ancient wooden clamp kedge anchor, and some 1500 pieces of leather, relics of a wreck of at least a century and a half ago, it is believed were brought up in the drag of the local sch. Joffre, Capt. Nick Cole, 70 miles east by north of Eastern Point near Cashed, in 80 fathoms of water, Monday afternoon.

Capt. Cole exhibited his finds at the new fish pier this forenoon when the dragger arrived at the wharf with 115,000 pounds of redfish. They ruined a good net, costing some $125, but salvaged some of the curios. It is believed the wreck was a large leather-laden freighting schooner. The net also brought up a large section of the deck house which was dropped back in the water. They cast most of the bones overboard but saved several just to prove their find. There were leg bones, knee joints, backbones and others.

The old flintlock was in two pieces with a tarnished ramrod for loading purposes. The letters "D H" were on the musket stock. Several sections of an old brick fireplace, common in freighters of long ago were also salvaged, besides some 1500 pounds of leather which ripped easily like parched paper.

Kelsey Martin, one of the crew, showed some of the small pint earthenware jugs, of which there were a dozen, as well as a number of large earthenware jugs, holding a quart. There were soles of shoes with wooden pegs. The planking of the deck had hand hewn trunnels. The kedge anchor was one of a type that hasn’t been used for at least 150 years according to waterfront habitues.

The Joffre also had an owl which flew aboard at sea. Three o them had come aboard, but only one remained. The owls had haunted the site of the wreck, according to the crew.


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