Please Help Identify. Is this shipwreck debris?

epa814

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Hi. I am new to the forum. I have been beach combing a private Lake Erie beach this summer and fall in Erie County, Pennsylvania. I have found several items that I cannot identify and am wondering if they could possibly be old shipwreck debris? I have done a lot of research and am stumped. Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide.

The first piece of wood measures 6" long and 3 1/2" wide. It weighs 1.9 lbs. It is a worked piece of wood with what appears to be nail holes.

The second item is a copper covered piece of wood. This measures 4" long and 3/4" wide. Is this a peg of some sort?

The third item is an aluminum covered piece of wood. This measures 4" long and 3/4" wide.

The fourth item is a worked piece of wood, thick at the bottom and narrow at the end. It measures 6" long and 1.5" wide. It is lightweight.
 

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ivan salis

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copper plate over wood --with nails to hold the copper sheathing to the wood hull is very common in wood hulled sea going vessels to keep the sea worms from boring into wooden hulls --often pitch or tar is found between the sheathing and wood to seal up and cracks in the wood hull and assist the sheathing in sticking to the wood hull ...
 

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I've spent lots of time on Great Lakes beaches.

1st and 4th: they could possibly be old shipwreck debris, but a lot of stuff ends up in the lakes and these look like typical driftwood flotsam.

2nd & 3rd: can't ID. Copper sheathing not needed in the
Great Lakes, no teredo worms. Aluminum a relatively recent metal.
 

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epa814

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Thanks for looking at these items and providing very helpful and informative comments. It is truly appreciated! Ellen
 

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The first item (parallelogram shape) looks like a fast growing type of wood judging by the widely spaced growth rings, similar to southern Yellow pine. Not really used in maritime settings.
The shape seems to mimic a spacer that might be used for attaching a handrail to a post going up some steps (the angle might be in the 30 to 35 degree range for a standard tread and riser).

The last item looks like the annular rings are closer together and might a plug of some type. May have been used in mortise and tenon construction of old timber structures?
Here is a LINK to a forum discussing different sizes to use. (3/4" to 1-1/2")

Hope you find this info helpful.
 

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Wellllll... here is my wag...

You did find an antique... What IMO you have found is part of an ole copper hardware of an antique fishing pole.

Jus a guess really...

Anyway and regardless... with all this being said... your items... IMO... have nothing to do with shipwrecks.
 

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