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August 23rd 2017 - 08:38
September 10th, 2005
September 10th, 2005

Crimean War Sea-Chest?

The Sea Chest
The Sea Chest
I missed yesterdayīs entry - got caught-up writing a new web stats module... however I do have rather interesting new developments to report.

A few days Back I mentioned the planned trip to Merry Island to liberate some of the old heirlooms there so we could sell them to help raise funds for CCGA-12 well - Kellei and I were on-scene and thus got first dibs.

On the preliminary recon trip an old sea chest in the tool shed had caught my eye and after checking that no-one else wanted it I scouped it for a donation of my own to the Auxiliary. When we got home (after a fairly tireing day transporting two boatloads of stuff off the island) I started cleaning up the chest.

Thatīs when I saw the writing on it!

From what I can make out for sure it says:

"T.T. Franklin"
<something I canīt read> "Corp"
"Crimea"

- Have a look at the photos and see if you agree.

Well, that raises some interesting questions. Franklin was the sirname of the first Merry Island lightkeeper - but his initials were W.T. and not T.T. so it could be a relative - Iīm still looking for more information About his family from the local archives that might help to see if this is a sea chest from one of his contemporaries or his ancestors.

I also tried some processing in photoshop to see if I could bring out the lettering a bit more - but not really. Iīll contact some of my friends in the museum world and see if they have any ideas.

Iīd love to hear your comments and/or suggestions for how best to delv deeper into this mystery.

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Detail - showing lettering
Detail - showing lettering
Detail - after processing
Detail - after processing

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