MAS-D100146: MAS-D100146; Kent; Unidentified Object; Image 1 of 2

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Unique ID: MAS-D100146

Object type certainty: Probably
Workflow status: Published Find published

Find consists of an ornate metal piece, bearing a flyr de lys type of design above a solid bar, presumably used for mounting. No dimensions were given, though it is suggested to be made from lead and H shaped, the finder described it as "part of a fireguard from the ship room". This material type would seem unsuitable for such a purpose, therefore it is still unclear what the purpose of this object is, although it is generally accepted that it is a decorative object of some sort.


All of these items were recovered from the wreck of SS Pomerania, a German ocean liner steamer built in 1873 by J. Caird & Co., in Greenock. This vessel was one of many owned by the Hamburg Amerikanische Packetfahrt Actien Gesellschaft (HAPAG); a transatlantic shipping enterprise established in Hamburg in 1847 that transported hundreds of thousands of emigrants from Germany, Scandinavia, and eastern Europe to the United States, Canada, Latin America, and other destinations around the world. The ship sank in 1878, 5 miles SE of Folkestone whilst carrying 109 passengers and 111 crew en route from New York to Cherbourg and Hamburg, last from Plymouth, following a collision with Welsh barque Moel Eilian and resulting in the loss of 55 lives. NRHE and Kent HER reference numbers cited in this record refer to the wreck of SS Pomerania.

This item was found with a spoon/fork handle (MAS-D100174), fragments of a clock (MAS-D100173) and crockery fragments (MAS-D100138).

Class: Decorative Piece

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: With finder

Wreck details

Droit number: 320/17


Subperiod from: Middle
Subperiod to: Late
Date to: Exactly AD 1878

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 26th March 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: P T

Other reference numbers

NRHE monument number: 883110
Other reference: Kent HER Number: TR 33 SW 26
Droit ID: 320/17

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Completeness: Uncertain

Spatial metadata

County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TR2329
Four figure Latitude: 51.01711498
Four figure longitude: 1.17805502
1:25K map: TR2329
1:10K map: TR22NW
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Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Diving
Current location: With finder

References cited

No references cited so far.

Similar objects

Find number: MAS-D100173
Object type: CLOCK
This record refers to the clock parts recovered as part of a group of finds. The finder described the items as 6 clock parts, the square glass…
Workflow: PublishedFind published

Find number: MAS-D100174
Object type: CUTLERY
This record refers to the handle of a metal spoon or fork included within this group of finds. The diagnostic end of the piece is broken and t…
Workflow: PublishedFind published

Find number: MAS-D100138
Object type: CONTAINERS
Two shards of crockery with makers mark present. The stamp is made up of letters "H A P A G" and a stylised admiralty anchor which has a woode…
Workflow: PublishedFind published

Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: MAS
Created: Wednesday 2nd May 2018
Updated: Thursday 26th March 2020

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