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  1. #1
    us
    Apr 2010
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    Ship Spike/Nails? Found

    Long time reader, first time poster.

    Anyone have an idea what these are?
    I found them about 1/5 a mile from the beach in Georgia with my new metal detector.

    There is a metal rod about 2ft long





    The nails are about 5-7 inches long, have 4 approximately equal sides and taper to a spike, the head of the nail seems to be a rounded square



    The last item looks like a piece of a iron pot, all these metals based on my metal detector and a magnet test seem to be iron.


    Anyone have any idea on these, specifically interested in the nails as that might give a hint to if this was from a shipwreck or
    a barn door.

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  3. #2

    Jun 2007
    181

    Re: Ship Spike/Nails? Found

    Look a lot like railroad spikes. I find them near me,as they
    had rail lines running through the woods for lumber hauling.
    Often wish I could find where they had any depots or camps,
    as there might be artifacts at those places.HH Joe

  4. #3
    us
    Apr 2010
    17

    Re: Ship Spike/Nails? Found

    Thanks Joe, I found them so close to the water I figured they might have come from a ship because I do not think there has been any logging in this area but thanks for the suggestion. These also come to a pretty sharp spike and are up to 7 inches long which when I looked at railroad spike sites (http://www.sizes.com/tools/spikes_railroad.htm)

    I found these close by



    And appear to have X I I carved in them







  5. #4
    Charter Member
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    Pirate of the Martires

    Feb 2005
    Pinellas Park, Florida
    Aquapulse, J.W. Fisher Proton 3, Pulse Star II
    2,407
    135 times
    Shipwrecks

    Re: Ship Spike/Nails? Found

    Those are sounding weights.

  6. #5
    us
    Apr 2004
    Tesoro Sand Shark, Homebuilt pulse loop
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    Re: Ship Spike/Nails? Found

    The spikes aren't RR spikes - the heads on RR spikes aren't uniform like yours are.

    It's possible that XII is a measurement for a sounding weight. What does the other end from the holes look like? They could also be old window weights.

  7. #6
    us
    Apr 2010
    17

    Re: Ship Spike/Nails? Found

    They are just rounded off see below.




  8. #7
    us
    If you're gonna be dumb, you better be tough!!!

    Dec 2007
    New Smyrna Beach, Florida 32168
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    Re: Ship Spike/Nails? Found

    Those are old window weights. I've seen tons of them. The other things (spikes) I'm not sure about.
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  9. #8
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    ARRG

    Dec 2005
    Florida
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    Re: Ship Spike/Nails? Found

    I found similar weights in Jupiter beach..... someone told me they were from the lifeguard cabin

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    Pirate of the Martires

    Feb 2005
    Pinellas Park, Florida
    Aquapulse, J.W. Fisher Proton 3, Pulse Star II
    2,407
    135 times
    Shipwrecks

    Re: Ship Spike/Nails? Found

    Hey Chagy, where you been bro? Check your website link, it takes us to a vacation site.

  11. #10
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    Aquanut

    Jul 2005
    Orlando, Florida
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    Re: Ship Spike/Nails? Found

    They're window counterweights.
    Aquanut

  12. #11
    us
    Aug 2008
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    Re: Ship Spike/Nails? Found

    I will respong to this maybe tomorrow when I have time with some pics. Yeah, they do look like a ship pin and nails.

  13. #12

    Oct 2004
    stuart..the treasure coast..well, used to be
    Minelab Excalibur with a WOT!
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    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting

    Re: Ship Spike/Nails? Found

    They are indeed window weights. The weight is in Roman numerals. They used different weights depending on the weight of the window. They are low grade pig iron and break easily.

  14. #13
    us
    Apr 2006
    Indian Harbor Beach
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    Re: Ship Spike/Nails? Found

    Not sounding weights. Attached is a photo of a 7lb. sounding lead.
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  15. #14
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    Aquanut

    Jul 2005
    Orlando, Florida
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    Re: Ship Spike/Nails? Found

    I nnow for a fact the counterweights are for windows, I've pulled them out myself and even have a few laying around here somewhere.

    Anyway, I too, suspect the spikes are likely from a ship. In the lowlands of Georgia, storm surges could send a ship up creeks and rivers that far from the beach with no problem. If there is no river or creek nearby, it means nothing, the river course changes easily with the influence of Hurricanes... and so on...
    Aquanut

  16. #15
    us
    Nov 2008
    Anchored out, West Florida
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    Re: Ship Spike/Nails? Found

    Aquanut has it. Window counter-weights. 12 pound for medium sized windows. Mom's house still has them and about once a year I have to replace a line or chain that holds them. Without the counter weight the window is very heavy to lift and needs a stick to hold it up. The counter-weights solved that. They are inside the framework at the sides of the wondows. A piece of rope or lite chain runs from the window, over a pulley and into the window frame.

    The other spike looking items may be a large version of nails. Big timbers in large buildings took more than 10 penny nails to hold together. Could be foundation spikes where large timbers were secured.
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  17. #16
    us
    Apr 2010
    Newport NC
    Garrett ace 250
    5

    Re: Ship Spike/Nails? Found

    Quote Originally Posted by cuzcosquirrel
    I will respong to this maybe tomorrow when I have time with some pics. Yeah, they do look like a ship pin and nails.


    What is a ship pin?

  18. #17
    us
    Aug 2008
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    Re: Ship Spike/Nails? Found

    I think it is a mid-1800's hull pin. I have seen one similar that might be from the Ayachucho.









    Some of the cool stuff from last year:



    ^Possible shard of Borneo blackware.



    ^An unusual rock. May be a ballast stone from Acapulco.



    ^Bronze fragment, presumed ship's bell.



    ^Small green pebble to left of hinge, presumed jade fragment.



    ^Nice leaf motif on porcelin fragment, San Agustin.

  19. #18
    us
    Mar 2010
    Eastern CT
    JW Fishers pulse 8 x
    26

    Re: Ship Spike/Nails? Found

    They look like window sash weights. Alot of the older spikes and drift pins that servive are made of copper.

  20. #19
    us
    Apr 2010
    17

    Re: Ship Spike/Nails? Found

    Thanks for the input all, I made sure the nails were not copper, slightly magnetic and after a little cleaning they were most definitely not copper.
    After looking around I found some window sash weights for comparison and that is what they were, thanks all =)

  21. #20
    us
    Oct 2007
    Pascagoula Ms.
    minelab exp.
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    Re: Ship Spike/Nails? Found

    For sure. Take them out of old homes and replace new windows all the time.... Still could be some good stuff at the site!!

 

 
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