Troy Nowak, Assistant State Archaeologist, discusses placement of shoring with US Navy underwater archaeologists Brad and George.
While exploring the northern part of the wreck we came upon a curious piece of wood. It was a barrel stave! It measures 22 in. tall, by 4 in. at the center, and is about an inch thick in the center. Was this part of a powder keg that sunk this vessel? Powder kegs did come in this size of barrel during the War of 1812. Of course, the stave may just be the remains of a food or beverage cask.
Interior of the stave--note the groves on the ends.
Close up view of wooden cask stave. The exterior and interior are colored black.