Teddy Tucker – The Split Pewter Spoon Wreck
32° 20.969, 64° 54.954
Early 18th Century.
The site is identified primarily by a good amount of ballast combining square sides and corners . Three dimensional polygons of random size and shape. They are both in piles grown into the reef and loose in a narrow sand pocket between reef edges on a rock/reef base with evidence of what could be iron drift pins. There are also some bricks.
Mr. Tucker says they found split pewter spoons in the ballast. He calls them snipped spoons as they appear to be snipped at the handle end as if two spoons were made in a single mould handle to handle and then snipped apart.
He has seen similar spoons on the wreck of the Eagle ( 17th C) .
Rhenish ware pieces were also noted.
This is not a sand hole. This is a pretty site 25 feet deep with some relief but is on top of the reef bar. There is the typical loose gravel sand in the deeper pockets of the hard pan.
It will be an interesting site to map and will present less challenges for excavation than deeper sand sites. There is low potential for wooden structural elements to be found.
It is of an age that is interesting without presenting many of the long-term challenges that are normally associated with sites of this age. It probably can be substantively assessed analyzed in one or two field season investigations.
Relocated by Mr. Tucker assisted by Dr. Rouja August 22nd 2011.
This site has been pre approved as welcoming investigation by field school groups. Interested researchers should contact the Custodian of Wrecks.