Nautical Antiques & Tropical Decor
2202 Ship Mechanic Row Galveston, TX 77550
409-539-5469
email: piecesofship@yahoo.com


Flotsam & Jetsam:
Individual pieces or smaller batches of stuff we find between large shipments of salvage

flotsam: floating wreckage of a ship or its cargo
jetsam: part of a ship, cargo or equipment that is thrown overboard on purpose
to lighten the weight


Scroll to the bottom for the most recent additions of items...

 

 

+refinished salvaged stowable enamel over cast iron boat sink (we believe was manufactured by Wilco):
pictured in open and stowed positions (appx dimensions - bowl 12" diam, wall height 20") available
 
 
far above right: from the book Clyde Shipbuilding from old photographs.  Introduction and commentaries by John Hume and Michael Moss; caption with photograph states: "The two berth cabin on board the Indian Government troopship Northbrook built at Clydebank in 1906.  Note the resemblance to a present-day sleeping car."
6/2016

ride around town in one of these unique
rickshaws and you'll be sure to draw attention!
authentic Bangladesh (left) and Indonesian (right) rickshaw available
7/2016: Mammoth clam shell
 
Mammoth Clam Shell 26 1/2" diameter with nice teeth - available

Tapa cloth from Togo - appx 6' x 5 1/2'
available
8/15/16: Chainsaw art - carvings of pelicans, a fisherman and a pirate
 
pelicans : medium (appx 29" tall) sold
fisherman: appx 48" tall (sold)
pirate: appx 47" tall (sold)
all are chainsaw carved in Texas...  not sure of wood type...
10/23/16: vintage bumper, canvas sails, vintage gauge
 
beautiful vintage rectangular fender appx 15" x 17" x 9" thick (sold)

salvaged vintage canvas sails by Alan Clarke Co. left to right: 78" x 49" x 92" and 90" x 90" x 67" available

2/6/17: salvaged brass 14 1/2" porthole

14 1/2" outside diameter, 10" glass diameter, 1 dog
2/17/17: just in: some great navigational, surveying instruments, aeronautical items, etc..

above left and center pics: US Army Surveying Compass M2, Serial #12748 by Brunson Instrument Co.,
Kansas City MO. (no case) - appx 3" x 2 3/4" available
above right: US Army Air Corps aircraft instrument panel compass - appx 2 1/4" square face (sold)

Mark VII Model E; Creagh-Osborne marching compass
by Sperry-Gyroscope Co., Brooklyn, NY (brass)
appx 3 1/2" overall length


tiny box compass by Wilcox Crittenden Co.,
Middletown, CT - box appx 4 3/4" square, compass
face appx 2 3/4" - available

marching compass in case by Bezard
appx 2 1/2" x 3" case, compass
face appx 1 3/4" diam


US Army Surveying Compass M2 with
case, Serial #102073 by Brunson Instrument
 Co., Kansas City MO. - appx 3" x 2 3/4"


Astro-Compass MKII (aka "Sun Compass) - used at the
north/south poles where magnetic compasses
are unreliable; box appx 10x5x6" tall - available



Aircraft compass by The Ontario Hughes
Owens Co. Ltd; Type PE7571/44
*no visible card, appx 9 1/2" tall,
face appx 5 1/4"


1895 Keuffel & Esser Co. Y-level (aka Wye Level); stamped with "Patented Oct 13 91"; all brass, Serial #2938 - box appx 13" x 5" x 8" tall - available


detail pics of Keuffel & Esser piece pictured left

Fluoretor (Uranium Test Kit) by Menlo;
box appx 13" x 7" x 5"
read about this instrument here
available


Sextant by H. Hughes & Son Ltd. 59 Fenchurch St. London, Serial #8410, exam paper dated December 1917. box
appx 11 1/2 " square


U.S. Army Ground Signal Corps Clinometer
ML-119-F Serial No. 22 by Molded
Insulation Co. - appx 10" tall - available

W.S. Darley & Co DIP needle compass
Chicago, USA - box appx 4 3/4" square
c. 1910


American manufactured DIP needle compass; front and back brass covers, 4" hanging ring, early 1800s.  available




U.S. Navy BuShips Stadimeter Mark II,
Mod. O, dated 1942 by Ajax Engineering Co.
 Chicago; box appx 12 1/2" x 6 1/2" x 6 1/2"
available



USN Bu Ships - Telescopic Alidade, MK III 1943
Kollmorgen Optical Corporation, Serial #9353
box appx 14" x 15" x 6 1/2" - available


Keuffel & Esser Co. Surveyor's Transit
No. Y5136F, Serial 88953.
box appx 7" x 10 1/2" x 13 1/2"
available


British Bubble Sextant MK IX
6B/151 SN #8507140; original phenolic case
appx 10 1/2" x 8" x 7"


 
lifeboat binnacle compass - Japanese manufacturer
pre-WWII era, phenolic case, rear view port,
side light housing - appx 13 1/2" tall including
handle - available
 

Astro Compass MK II; interior stamp "Examined 1949" - made WWII era:
appx 10 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 6 1/2" available
 


Surveyor's transit by Keuffel and Esser
Serial #3483, original box appx 10" x 8" x 14 1/2"
 available


 
Universal Sun Compass by Abrams Instrument Co
Lansing, Michingan, manual dated 1943
appx 9 3/4" x 9 3/4" x 3 3/4"

 
Bubble type Sextant - US Navy by Bendix Aviation Corporation, Model AN-5851-1, Serial # 6187, box appx 11" x 10 1/2" x 10"
available
   
3/10/17: Just in: authentic, salvaged Maine lobster traps!   3/30/17: Just in: new production 22" barrel cannon
         
above left: 8 lobster traps available; appx 35" x 27" x 18" tall *each one is unique and sizes vary!
above right 3 images: new production decorative cannon on carriage: appx 21" x 14" x 15" tall, 22" long barrel (sold)
4/25/17: Just in: salvaged 42" wood and steel band ship's wheel (sold)

6/11/17: just in: various items off US ships, broken up here in the USA; placards are under 13" wide;
These are tiny/small pieces, perfect for over a door, cabinet or locker...
 

various salvaged keys from the USNS Flint
(US Navy ammunition ship built at Ingalls (MS),
decommissioned 1995, transferred to Military
Sealift Command) 1 plastic fob per chain
email for availability

"When siren sounds - vacate at once. 
Carbon Dioxide being released."
salvaged brass placard appx 13" x 2 3/4"

salvaged placard - appx 13" x7"
"Warning Personnel not to enter tank unless the spectacle line
blind is in a closed position and the tank has been certified "gas-free"
Father's Day gift for the man cave?
1 available

brass placards salvaged from U.S. vessels

salvaged from U.S. vessel:
"440v. Galley
Power Panel
Panel No. 1-138-3" - appx 5 1/2" x 2"
1 available

salvaged from U.S. vessel:
"No. C. 212614
Persons 70
Recert. 8- - 82
Hampton Roads
U.S.C.V. Insp. HCR" appx 6" x 3 1/4"
1 available

salvaged from U.S. vessel:
"Rect. Conn & SW 30 Amp 450 V 3 Ph.
Navy Dept. Bu of Ships
SYM 915
815-1197066 Rev E
Palmer Co., Saucus, Mass."
appx 2 3/8" x 1"
1 available

salvaged from U.S. vessel:
"Marine Safety Equipment Corp.
Farmingdale, N.J." appx 5 1/4" x 6 1/2"
2 available
5/15/17: Just in: salvaged 36" wood ship's wheel w/brass hub - sold
6/22/17: Just in: salvaged glass Fresnel lenses from the U.S.S. San Saba (APA-232): U.S. Navy 1954 spare parts storage
*rare find - for all those requests we get for a needle-in-a-haystack lens size, here are a few beauties fresh
out of the 1954 dated USN cargo box! 4 lenses total:  **ALL MEASUREMENTS ARE APPROXIMATE

above lenses from left to right:
1. (far left) 225 degree clear glass Fresnel lens: appx 7 3/4" outside diameter, 6 5/8" inside diameter, 7 1/2" tall 1 available
2. (center left) 360 degree clear glass Fresnel lens: appx 5 3/4" outside diameter, 4 1/2" inside diameter, 5 5/8" tall 1 available
3. (center right) 360 degree red glass Fresnel lens: appx 8" outside diameter, 6 3/4" inside diameter, 7 1/2" tall 1 available
4. (far right) 360 degree clear glass Fresnel lens: appx 8" outside diameter, 6 3/4" inside diameter, 7 1/2" tall 1 available