Thursday, November 13, 2008

Lake Erie Brings Us More Than Just Beach Glass!


Combing the Southern Shore of Great Lake Erie is like treasure hunting! Although we collect mostly sea beach glass that has washed ashore we do enjoy finding other objects as well. Occasionally we are surprised by a specific find of interest. My son Jason found this piece of drift wood off the coast of Lake Erie in North East, Pa. Upon further examination of the piece it definitely looks to be part of an old ship wreck. How awesome of a find is that! I will be doing quite a bit of research trying to figure this one out but if any of you maritime historians out there want to lend us a clue, we would be greatly thankful!

This piece is heavy and measures about 8 inches in length about 5 inches wide and about 1 1/2 inches thick. It was evidently mounted with wooden dowel rods as one of them are still stuck inside the piece. I have been studying Lake Erie shipwrecks on the South Shore Quadrangle for some time now and can't help but wonder if this came from one of the 1800 Wooden Schooner vessels that met their fate in an infamous Lake Erie Storm! Maybe its time to take a trip back to the Erie Maritime Museum with our piece!


8 comments:

kathy notreallysmash said...

that is so cool!! keep us posted on what you find out! :)

Maureen BZ said...

I love finding things like this....an echo of the past.very cool indeed

Emma K. Nolan said...

That's really cool, what a beautiful piece!

seaglassthings said...

Jodie - that is soooo cool - I can't wait to hear what you find out - research is the second best to finding!

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