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200-year-old “ship’s knee” found in river

A piece of a ship believe to have come from a boat which ran aground 200 years ago has been found in the Connecticut River.

The historical object was discovered this past summer while the state Department of Environmental Protection was dragging nets for sturgeon research on the Connecticut River just south of Essex.

Apparently, Tom Savoy and his team from the DEEP caught more than a big fish. In their nets, along with a snagged log and other debris, was the old ship’s knee, a large wooden L-bracket used to fasten deck beams to the ribs of wooden ships.

Recognizing the potential significance of the discovery, they brought it to the Connecticut River Museum where museum staffers quickly took steps to identify and properly preserve it.

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Story: Shoreline Times | Photo: Susan Daniels, Shoreline Times

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