Showing posts with label Nautical Treasures. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nautical Treasures. Show all posts

Tashmoo White Star Line Message in a Bottle from 97 Years Ago

Imagine the thrill of finding a message in a bottle from nearly 100 years ago! That thrill of a lifetime is owned by a diver exploring the St. Clair River in Detroit, where the treasure remained all those years. The message in the bottle was written on a Tashmoo White Star Line ticket. The Tashmoo was a side-wheeler steamboat, first launched in 1899.

The young girls who wrote the message cruised on the Tashmoo to go to the park, and now nearly 100 years later their message in a bottle has finally been discovered!

Message in a Bottle Video!

Antique Clipper Ship Model Nautical Shadowbox

Antique clipper ship models, and nautical items make great gifts, and bring a nostalgic look to any decor. I love nautical treasures, and every once in a while you find some very unique clipper ship decorative items to enjoy. This nautical shadowbox is a wonderful example of a difficult to find nautical treasure!

The clipper ship shadowbox is very interesting, and in that the clipper ship is encased within a shadowbox, you wouldn't have to worry about dusting the clipper ship model!

It's a fine treasure indeed, and one that I wish I could own. The images of the clipper ship shadowbox have been used by permission of Mastadon Trading from his eBay listing, and I thank him for allowing me to share this unique item with you!

The shadowbox measures 20" x 15" x 3".

This 19th century antique clipper ship model would be a difficult item to find again! It's not uncommon to see clipper ships in a bottle, but you don't see them very often displayed within a shadowbox.

Safely displayed from within a shadowbox is really a good way to preserve a clipper ship model, and the sails would remain in pristine condition. It also provided an interesting background for the model, rather than having it simply sitting on a stand. It makes it all the more realistic displayed like this.

I imagine you've enjoyed this sailing treasure, and for now must sail off to another project for the day! Happy sailing!

Clipper Ship Sarah Scott Trading Card Boarding Pass

Clipper ships take us back to an era of fantasy for many, and today you will be granted the opportunity to travel back in time to 1880! As you study this clipper ship trading card, you can pretend it's your boarding pass from 1880 to board the clipper ship Sarah Scott! Have fun as you sail into this story, and fantasize about sailing on the Sarah Scott clipper ship.

Established in 1867 as an international trading organization, Henry W. Peabody & Co. traded a wide variety of commodities shipped on its own line of chartered wooden sailing vessels, called the Australian Line. The Sarah Scott for Adelaide, Southern Australia and Dunedin, New Zealand was issued by Henry W. Peabody & Co, of State Street, Boston. Actively involved in the China Trade, with its fleet of Schooners and Clippers, Henry W. Peabody was a company built on trust and reliability. In fact, Peabody was the first company to guarantee shipping dates for goods out of Boston.

Over the years, clipper ship trade slowly graduated to direct importing on modern ocean carriers; but the commitment to quality and timeliness never faltered. Now imagine sailing on the "elegant iron vessel", also described as a "fast sailor" as you cut through the waters of the high seas.

Departing from Boston on December 31, 1880 you can imagine how the extreme clipper iron bark Sarah Scott managed the seas, as she was considered to be of the highest class! I'm sure sailing on the Sarah Scott would have been an interesting adventure!

Although 1880 has long since passed, vintage and antique nautical treasures still remain. This beauty was offered for auction and fetched $180.50, a nice sum compared to its original cost! Special permission was granted for me to share this with you. Thank you to jsmithpaper, for permitting me to share this with my readers! Want to learn more? Check out the City of Adelaide clipper.

Bon Voyage!

Pirates Treasure Cross Bones Padlock?

Now here's something you don't see every day! Wow, this is a very unusual antique treasure, which I saw up for auction on Ebay. I wasn't the winner of this cross bones padlock, in fact I didn't even bid on it, but I found it to be quite interesting.



This is a padlock manufactured by the National Hardware Company, as indicated by the initials on the reverse, which dates it to circa 1890's. Truly a unique treasure, and one that you would have to assume was manufactured for pirates?

Now matey, your imagination can run wild on this one! Imagine the treasure chest this large 2 1/2" X 3 1/4" padlock kept hidden away! Arr! Could it be that it is indeed a pirates cross bones padlock lost long ago? If so, who found the treasure chest it belonged to, and who ended up with the treasures within? Or, was there even a treasure chest? Well Bucko, you get to decide whichever story your imagination prefers, as the truth may never be known! I love a good mystery!



The seller on Ebay purchased the pirate padlock from an estate sale in Waitsfield, Vermont. The Ebay auction for the antique pirate padlock was started at $9.99 and closed for $330.09 with 23 bids from 6 different bidders. The photos were taken by the Ebay seller, and used with his permission - Ebay Seller: Ski-vt. Thanks David!