Hunting New England Shipwreck
Wreckhunter Artifact Quiz
Welcome to our Artifact Quiz. This quiz will test your knowledge of ship and maritime artifacts. A number of artifact pictures are shown below. Click on the thumbnail images to see larger views, then try to identify them. To see if you've got them right, hover your screen pointer over the orange Answer buttons, or click on the buttons, and answers will appear. Good Luck and Enjoy!
This decorated post protrudes near the bow of the USS Constititution. Posts like this were used on old sailing ships to help maneuver the anchors. What is this post called called?
This brass wheel (about 3" in diameter) was found on a 20th Century shipwreck. The row of beads and the numbers (0-9) on the rim are keys to its identity. What is this wheel?
This device has been used on navy ships for centuries. It's overall length is about 5 inches. What is it?
This precision device was commonly found on ships in the 1800s. What is it?
These pipes are used on ships to feed lines and anchor chains through the hull. The ones shown are on the USS Constitution. What are they called?
This patented lubricating device for early steam engines was so preferred by engineers and engine designers that it became known by a special name. That name is now used to describe "the best" of many product types. What is the name?
The round object at right is found on almost all ships and boats. What is it called?
This cooking setup is on the deck of the old whaling ship Charles W. Morgan at Mystic Seaport. What is it called?
During World War II, several thousand freighters, like the one shown at right, were mass produced in shipyards around the United States. What is the common name for these ships?
The steel structure shown at right is a common component of modern ships. The overall height of this one is about 4 feet. The rounded part on top is a clue to its identity. What is this structure?
What is the name of the ship fitting shown at right?
What is the black metal object shown at right?
The metal ring device shown at right used to be a common fixture on ships. What is it?
Prismatic lighthouse lenses, like the one at right, have a special name. What are they called?
A symbol like this is commonly found on the hulls of large ships worldwide. What is it called?
The sonar image at right shows the sidewheel steamer Portland wreck in Massachusetts Bay. In that image, a large angular object rises above the rest of the wreck. Note its shadow in the foreground. What is that angular object?
What is the tall open-topped object in the middle of the picture?
Duplicates of the two objects at right are mounted beside each cannon on the warship USS Constitution in Boston Harbor. What are these objects?
This concrete tower south of Boston was one of many built on the New England coast some years back. What was the purpose of these towers?
This large gold coin was minted in a Spanish-American colony in the 1600s. What is the common name for this type of coin?
The steel pins shown at right were commonly used in ship construction in the 1800s and early 1900s. Their size ranged up to 6 inches in length. What are these pins called? Hint - Rosie used lots of them.
Steam-powered workboats like the one shown at right were common in American harbors in the early 1900s. They were used primarily to load and unload cargo. What is the common name for this type of workboat? Hint - it's not a tugboat.
Crude Spanish-American silver coins like the one shown at right were used in worldwide trade in the 1600s and 1700s. These coins were made in several denominations. What is the common name of these coins?
The large iron balls on the ship's binnacle (compass stand) at right serve an important purpose. Their closeness to the compass can be adjusted. What is the purpose of these iron balls?
The girl at right is using a navigation instrument. What is it called?
In honor of the 60th anniversary of D-Day, the allied invasion of Europe, here's a timely question. On D-Day, the beaches of Normandy were lined with thousands of these steel-beam barricades. Their common name is the same as that of a small wild animal. What are they called?
The brass object at right is an early navigation instrument. What is it called?
Strings of buoys like these were commonly seen at harbor entrances during World Wars I and II. What was their purpose?
The enclosed ship's stairway at right has a special name. What is it called?
This brass and glass object at right was recovered from an old steamship. It is about 12 inches long. What is it?
These brass objects were recovered from the Anransas wreck off Cape Cod. They are about 3 inches in diameter. What are they?
This brass object was a common piece of equipment on ships in the past century. It is about 3 feet tall. What is it?
The porcelain object at right was an important piece of personal equipment in days gone by. What is it?
The rusted and cracked iron object at right was originally about 6 inches in diameter. It was submerged in salt water for 100 years. What is it?
The brass object at right was recovered from the steamer Rhode Island wreck in Narragansett By. It is about 5 inches long. What is it?
The World War I German submarine U-117 was studied by the U.S. Navy after the war (photo at right). What was the function of the saw-toothed edge on the bow?
We found the brass object at right in the Maritime Museum in Halifax, NS. It is about 18 inches wide. What is it?
The artifact at right is displayed in the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, VA. It is about 10 feet long. What is it?
The brass object at right was recovered from the steamer Rhode Island wreck in Narragansett Bay. What is it?
The equipment set at right was commonly used on ships in the past century. What is it?
The object at right is from an old ship. What is it?
The picture at right shows a ship artifact partially buried on the seafloor. The round part is about 12 inches in diameter. What is the artifact?
A century ago, hardwood dowels, like the one at right, were commonly used to fasten the hull frames of wooden ships. Note the expansion wedge in the end of the dowel. What are these dowels called?
The yellow cylindrical object at right was recovered from the Steamer Rhode Island wreck, sunk in Narragansett Bay in 1880. It is hard as a rock, has a subtle chemical smell, and was a common household item in the past century. What is it?
The bronze hardware at right was recovered from an old steamship. The large pulleys are about 4 inches in diameter. What was this hardware used for? Hint - think communication.
The tackle block at right was recovered from the Joseph S. Zeman wreck in Maine. It's a type of deadeye, but has a special name. What is it called?
The bronze object at right was recovered from the wreck of the mine sweeper USS Grouse, off Rockport, MA. The outer ring is about 6 inches in diameter. What is it?
The brass object at right was recovered from the steamer Pinthis wreck. Its height is about 4 feet. What is it?
The wood and brass object at right was recovered from a New England wreck. What is it?
We found the wood artifact at right displayed in a hotel lobby in the Florida Keys. Its overall length is about 5 feet. What is it?
Since many people had trouble identifying last month's artifact, this month's will be an easy one. The lantern at right is a reproduction of an important piece of equipment from an old ship. What is it? Note that the color of the lens is a clue to its identity.
The artifact at right was recovered from an old steam tug. It is made of brass and its overall length is approximately 6 inches. What is it?
The photo at right was taken last summer by NOAA researchers on the wreck of the Steamer Portland in Massachusetts Bay. It shows two large iron objects from the deck of the vessel. What are these objects?
The clear glass objects at right are used in ship construction and are found mostly on old ships and classic yachts. The right one was recovered from an old wreck; the left one is new. The typical diameter is 4-5 inches. What are they?
The device at right was used on most World War II German U-boats. No, it's not a typewriter, what is it?
The dark brown structural member at right is used extensively in the construction of wooden ships. What is the nautical name for this object?
In the old days, the apparatus at right was used to rescue people from shipwrecks that occurred near shore. What is the name of this apparatus?
The handsome door knocker at right was made from a shipwreck artifact. What is the artifact?
The two bronze objects at right were recovered from the wreck of the wood-hulled schooner Joseph S. Zeman. They work together as a set. What are they?
The brass object at right was found on the wreck of the USS Yankee. Its longest dimension is 8 inches and it originally had a cylindrical wood handle on the shaft end. What is it? Hint, note that the flared end looks something like a shoe horn.
To get you started, our first question is an easy one... What is the name of the wood object pictured at right? Many of them were used on old sailing ships. Their size ranges up to 12 inches in diameter. Caution, similar objects with different hole configurations have different names.
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