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Fun with antique hubcap recoveries, Willys and Haynes on 11-7-2015
Posted by Dan Wright
on 11/8/2015, 8:47 am
Certainly not as interesting as a shipwreck, but John Eells and I have been having some fun recently recovering some antique hubcaps from the "Deep Flooded Mine" in Brewster, NY. What is known is that from the 1920's thru the 1940's, the mine was used a a dumping site for a couple towns in the area. You name
it, it went in. From trucks, cars, building materials, scrap metal, trash.... Fortunately the trash of the era didn't contain the nasty plastics we have today, and we have never found any sign
because of the collapses and natural filling in over the decades. What has surfaced is scores of antique vehicles, while none were dumped in good shape, there are many in almost complete condition. John wanted a collection of hubcaps as keepsakes from the adventure of this exploration, they have little value. On Saturday, John, Bob Thomas and I all were on a quest for two in particular that I located on Halloween. John managed to pry off the Willys, but the Haynes proved to be a tough nut to crack. He surmised it was a reverse thread later. Anyway, the video here is of the dive we did. All footage at depth was captured with a Nikon D800 and the topside and shallow deco footage was with a GoPro4. Next season we are looking at a water dredge to search for the a victim lost in 1995, and to uncover more interesting artifacts. Max depth reached: 195' water temp: 42 degrees fahrenheit at depth.
Link: Willys artifact recovery 11-7-2015
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