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|Shipwreck Spike In Wood|
Photo submitted by Rob E.
This spike was found on Topsail Island, North Carolina. It is approximately 5.75 inches long and the head is about 5/8 inch square.
Rob is trying to get any information he can about the spike. If you have any guesses about its age or other things, let me know.
Thanks for the great pictures Rob!. Nice artifact!
While looking for information that might help to date shipwreck spikes I came across a Master's Thesis entitled Eighteenth-Century Colonial American Merchant Ship Construction, by Kellie VanHorn, 2004.
It provides a lot of information on ship construction and looks at a variety of different wrecks and hull sections as they were found under water.
It also provides a map and a lot of pictures of ships and artifacts. I think you'll find it informative and enjoyable.
Here is the link to the pdf file.
I went out to see what the beaches were doing this morning. I was hoping that I'd see a little more erosion. It didn't happen. The water didn't get up as high today as it did yesterday. The surf was a touch smaller. And the expected high tide didn't compensate.
The result was that beach conditions were not as good today as yesterday.