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  1. #1
    us
    Sep 2005
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    Bricks and Ballast Rocks

    All,

    The wreck were diving has a lot of red colored bricks all over the place, some under the deck planking, in the debris field and on top of the deck boards. At first we thought that they were from the firebox of a boiler, however since we can't find any remains of a boiler, were a bit stumped again as to what there purpose was. Could they have been used as ballast?

    Photos below for your preview - pls note the bright Orange color as we turned them over to identify what they were.

    DD
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  3. #2
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    Pirate of the Martires

    Feb 2005
    Pinellas Park, Florida
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    Re: Bricks and Ballast Rocks

    It looks like the bricks were being transported as cargo. Is there (or was there) a brick factory in your area?

  4. #3
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    da book worm--researcher

    Feb 2007
    callahan,fl
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    Re: Bricks and Ballast Rocks

    bricks were used as duel purpose ballast / cargo --- why carry rock when bricks could be sold?

  5. #4

    Oct 2006
    Coastal, NC
    Garrett Infinium LS, Garret Seahunter MK II, Geometrics 882, Marine Sonic SS
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    Re: Bricks and Ballast Rocks

    I've dove wrecks that were similar with fire brick and no boiler (they were steam powered). If it was steam powered there would still be some large iron pieces somewhere nearby. Unless of course someone pillaged it prior to your arrival.
    www.coastalmarinesalvage.com

  6. #5

    Oct 2006
    Coastal, NC
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    Re: Bricks and Ballast Rocks

    How many bricks are we talking about? They have also been used as stoves.
    www.coastalmarinesalvage.com

  7. #6
    us
    Sep 2005
    139

    Re: Bricks and Ballast Rocks

    Hundreds of bricks is my best guess, on and under the lower deck planking. In other debris piles and scattered around the wreck site.

    DD

  8. #7

    Dec 2006
    159

    Re: Bricks and Ballast Rocks

    The transportation of bricks was a very big industry here in New York State, during the 19th century. Many brick producing factories were located in the mid Hudson valley, then transported down the Hudson River by ships and barges, making many stops along the way to the small towns and cities.

    Simon.....

  9. #8
    us
    Sep 2005
    139

    Re: Bricks and Ballast Rocks

    Quote Originally Posted by ScubaDude
    I've dove wrecks that were similar with fire brick and no boiler (they were steam powered). If it was steam powered there would still be some large iron pieces somewhere nearby. Unless of course someone pillaged it prior to your arrival.
    Yes, we did find some large pieces of iron, solid rod about 1 1/5 in dia, some flat bar or sheets that look fracture and a couple pieces of copper tubing the last dive we did - will add a few more pics this week end.

    Don

  10. #9
    us
    Sep 2005
    139

    Re: Steam Ships - Bricks and Ballast Rocks

    Scuba Dude,

    Would a steam ship use lead gaskets between its pipes connections? Reason I ask is that I have two of them that are about 9 inches across and have about 3/4 inch bolt holes. Will try to post them later today.

    VR,

    DD

  11. #10
    us
    Sep 2005
    139

    Re: Steam Ships, Bricks and Ballast Rocks

    All,

    Below are the pictures of the lead gaskets and bricks, pls note brick is very heavy and not made of the standard clay material. The brick is 8 inches long, 4 in wide and 2 inches thick and I believe it is made of sandstone. The lead gasket gasket is 8 inches in diamenter not 9 as previously thought, bolt holes are 7/8 inches. I also found some copper pipe while I was diving also and its 1.5 inches in Dia.

    DD
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  12. #11

    Oct 2006
    Coastal, NC
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    Re: Bricks and Ballast Rocks

    Your gasket was paired with a pretty hefty flange. It likely came from some sort of high pressure fitting.
    www.coastalmarinesalvage.com

  13. #12
    us
    Sep 2005
    139

    Re: Bricks and Ballast Rocks

    Actually its just a mineral deposit in the stone itself. If you were to touch it, it feels slick and the rest of the brick is rough like sandpaper.

    DD

  14. #13
    us
    Sep 2005
    139

    Re: Bricks and Ballast Rocks

    Dell,

    Thanks for the info -

    DD

  15. #14
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    da book worm--researcher

    Feb 2007
    callahan,fl
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    Re: Bricks and Ballast Rocks

    ah with the lead gasket and one sided slick brick -- its a steamer for sure . --- nice work figgering out the type of vessel--- from her type a rough age can be figgered out --then check up on maritime insurance / loss claim records from that rough time frame / in the area lost at --- the list might help ID her for you as well as the cargo carried

 

 

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