Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Monday, 27 July 2009

Dead eye




On my side bar there is a newpaper cutting from the Thanet Extra of myself standing on the recovered wreckage of the "Tartar" (lost 29/03/1916) found at Botany Bay after the bitter wintry storms of late January and early February 1996. The storm had one significant historical event, being the collapse of the wartime Tongue Fort on the Tongue Sands off Margate leaving only the support columns. There was also the running aground of the ship "Argus" off the Lido which at the same time had also run into a wooden shipwreck in the shallow water churning up the bottom before running aground. Along with debris from that shipwreck, pieces of the derelict Margate Jetty and items from other shipwrecks including the "Tartar" had came ashore, this by all accounts was a perfect opportunity for the brave or foolhardy whichever way you look at it to find something surrendered by the sea. From Margate to North Foreland there was a opportunity for anyone to find something that had come ashore. I found many items over that period and one item I found which is more of a trophy of the storm was the wooden dead eye pictured above. I am also holding the same dead eye in my hand in the newspaper cutting on the sidebar. A closer examination of the picture reveals the rope wear around the holes which is a good indicator that the dead eye must have been on many voyages ,the infestation of Terado worm which has a resemblance to a out break of measles is another indicator that the dead eye had been on the sea bed for many many years. For many years the dead eye was in a display cabinet at the Margate Museum along with other found trophy items from the "Tartar". When the Museum closed they were unceremoniously returned to me.
In my other hand in the side bar newspaper cutting is a nine pound cannon ball found on the low water mark at Foreness Point around the same time.

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