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Transvaal Cove - Main Base - 01/01/1996

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ethan.cottee

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01/01/1996 - 15:34

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Yes

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Jaco Jacques Boshoff

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Artifacts retained at Base

Rifle: Percussion Cap, found at Azorellaskop, 1988 (figure 57). In extremely corroded condition and requires urgent conservation. Presently it is mounted on wood and displayed in lounge. The rifle is unusual and rare because it has the lesser used back-action lock first made in England by George Lovell in 1831, a year which marks the transition from flintlocks to percussion locks (Blackmore 1961). This action was destined to be widely used in Brunswick military percussion rifles and a host of copies and imitations made in Europe and the USA. The rifle in the base has a small remnant of chequering which proves that it is a sporting rifle and not a military type. Allyn (1879) mentions loosing his rifle on a visit to Marion Island in 1843. His description of the area sounds very much like the Western side of Marion close to Azorella Kop.

Anchor: Wrought Iron, 5 prong grapnell anchor, corroded (Displayed in bar) (figure 58).

Anchor: Admiralty pattern anchor (figure 59). The flat or round crown pattern anchor was introduced in 1816 from a design by Perring. In 1841 they were produced in iron and wooden stock versions. The stock is designed to fold away for easy storage especially on small boats. (Displayed in bar)

Plumbing: A number of brass pipes and a tap removed from the Solglimt. (Displayed in bar) (figure 60).

Timber: A large ornately carved piece (on one side only) of ship's timber, iron pins, some dry rot at back (figure 61). This timber was removed from Cape Davis. (Suspended above bar in lounge)

Cartridges: A number of cartridge were kept in the general laboratory. The following markings could be identified: Swartldip 12 SP 12; U45 V13; SAKO 30-06; U45 V11; ELEY-KYNOCH .410

Bottles: Markings on various bottles include - ZIMANS THE PROPERTY OF ZIMANS BROS LTD
CLARION PRODUCTS
THIS BOTTLE IS THE PROPERTY OF SCWEPPES (SA)LTD AND IS NEVER SOLD

Pottery: Two shards with inscriptions: 1942 G IV R, ROYAL STAFFORD and CRESENT AND SONS, GEORGE JONES AND SONS, G IV R, 1942

Tin: Cigarette Tin, SPRINGBOK CIGARETTES

The cartridges, bottles, pottery and cigarette tin have now been removed to the SA Maritime Museum for safe keeping.

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