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Copper Cauldron and Bronze Cauldron Handle

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Artifact Description

The lower third of a large copper cauldron with a gently rounded base and inclined sides was discovered on the “Tortugas” wreck site south of the ballast pile. The surviving vessel is crafted of two sections of copper interconnected using 21 copper rivets set horizontally 6.5cm apart (center to center) and ranging in diameter from 2.2-2.7cm. A resinous pitch in the base suggests that this pot made up part of a boatswain’s stores. It would have been used to melt pitch to secure the leaking hull and running repairs, rather than for cooking within the galley.

A bronze cauldron handle with its attachment flange, interconnected by a single rivet at each lower handle lug, may derive from one of the “Tortugas” ship’s cooking cauldrons.


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