You may remember that I sighted, on the beach near Pines, Indiana, what I thought might be a capstan from a nearby shipwreck.
Then, when I went to find it again, it was covered up in the sand...
Which led to a whole lot of fun when I set out to find it with a poker and a shovel.
Well, Monday, being as it was above freezing, and had been for a few days (during the day at least) and with an expected high of 40, I got to the beach for a hike...when I got there, the sand and shingle were mostly scoured from the beach...the level was about 4 foot lower than my last time at the beach.
So, I went off in the direction of the "artifact" instead of the other way, as I had planned...... I didn't go to find it, mind you, just to enjoy the beach when it wasn't frozen and under a foot or more of snow and ice (unusual on Jan 2) But since the sand was low.....
2 miles later, I was at the stream. It was low and I could step across on the rocks in the streambed.
And there it was.
|Just west of Michigan City, Indiana. Looking east.|
Just about exactly (within 5 paces) where I had looked for it last time, only not covered by 3 feet of sand and a foot or more of shingle. It was, honestly exactly in the area I had dug to find it. This time, however, it was above the sand... mostly. the beach was at least 3 feet lower than last time I was there....almost exactly one month ago. .... Such are the vagaries of wind and wave.
It wasn't however, what I thought it was.....
I had originally thought it was a capstan, but it is instead, I think, a 1920's era Delco Light Plant .....I think. Or something similar...(lots of images at that link)...It likely isn't a part of the shipwreck.... (ETA: These WERE apparently used on boats, but not in the era of the nearby shipwreck..so it isn't related to 'Unknown #3")
|For scale, the water bottle is 7.75 inches long|
|As always, click to embigginate.|
|Prolly not fixable...|
I did take pictures, and I did get a good Lat/Long...
(Latitude: 41° 42' 24.71112'' Longitude: -86° 56' 24.5224'')
Also close by was a riveted well tank. Also likely from the 30's or 40's. Maybe connected with the light plant, maybe just coincidence.
|Glove for scale. Men's large.|