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    Ship Bell Found

    My friend found this ship bell on a small island in the Caribbean. I can't say exactly where. There is a large ballast mound at the site. Can anyone identify the markings at the top of the bell?

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    Whats the rest of the bell have on it?

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    The letters are "?AFAN." It was found off shore of a small island in 20' deep water. He is taking it to a lab in Miami next week for conservation and analysis. He said the ballast stones were HUGE like from a 16th century wreck.

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    A possibility?
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    PS: AFAN may be the complete name. Consider......
    The River Afan is a river in Wales whose river valley formed the territory of the medieval Lords of Afan. The Afan Valley encompasses the upper reaches of the river.
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    A possibility?
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    PS: AFAN may be the complete name. Consider......
    The River Afan is a river in Wales whose river valley formed the territory of the medieval Lords of Afan. The Afan Valley encompasses the upper reaches of the river.
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    AFAN was broken up in Belguim, 1993. Plus I'm guessing one would know the difference between a vessel with ballast in 20 feet of water and a modern coaster? But the theory on the name is sound....
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    Sure looks like a 'T' before AFAN...to the right is an R?
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    Really cool bell!
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    Being bronze he could have conserved it himself. Cleaned it up. But, I am sure they will clean it nicely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Salvor6 View Post
    The letters are "?AFAN." It was found off shore of a small island in 20' deep water. He is taking it to a lab in Miami next week for conservation and analysis. He said the ballast stones were HUGE like from a 16th century wreck.
    How is this allowed unless he has a salvage contract?
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    Quote Originally Posted by diverlynn View Post
    How is this allowed unless he has a salvage contract?
    **Shhhhhh!**

    But I wouldn't be posting pics on an internet forum. Somehow he managed to get it off the island.
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    The ballast stones and the bell could be totally unrelated.
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    He said the ballast stones were HUGE like from a 16th century wreck.
    Lots of ballast means not a lot of treasure.

    Looking at the top of the bell, this is very similar to a 'crown', and looks similar to the crown shown on a Dutch Coin from the late 1600's

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    Something Estafan?

    (No Not either Miami sound machine one)
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