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A small can of blue paint with a hand-made paddle cut from a cigar box top.
Can: Tin, paint. H 8.7, Dia 6.9 cm; Paddle: Wood. L 16.8, W 3.2, Th .48 cm; Scraper: Iron. L 40.8, Head Th .3cm
This bucket was most probably used by Cairo crewmen to perform their morning duties of scrubbing and swabbing the deck.
Wood, iron. Top 30.2, H 23.2, Band W 3.5 cm
The broad range of items recovered from the sunken ironclad reflects the many daily activities of the U.S.S. Cairo crew.
Drawing pen: Wood. L 13.3, Dia .8 cm; Pencil: Wood. L 17.6, Dia .8 cm; Ice pick: Ferrous metal, wood. L 16.5, Dia (handle)2.2 cm
Even candles with wicks survived the ill-fated ironclad. Candles were made of spermaceti.
Spermaceti, cotton. L 12.2, D 11 cm
Lighting devices of all kinds were found on the vessel. This lamp has been identified as a Petticoat hand lamp.
Tin. H 10.5, Dia 7 cm
This lamp globe still retains a sooty covering on the inside from the last time that it was used aboard Cairo.
Glass. H 13.3, Dia 25.4 cm
Glass. H 30.5, Dia (top) 10.2, (base) 11.7 cm
One of only two remaining boiler fire door's that were recovered from U.S.S. Cairo. Originally there were five firebox doors affixed to the firebox below the fire tube boilers.
Iron. L 38, W 35 cm
A variety of these locks found. They were used for locking mess chests as well as personal chests.
Brass, copper. L 8.4, W 6.7, Th 2.2 cm
Boiler tools used aboard U.S.S. Cairo including open-end wrenches and a box-end wrench.
Metal. L 27.3, W 3.8, Th 1.8 cm; Metal. L 57.2, W 6.4 (handle), Th 3.2 cm; Metal. L 71.1, W (inside box) 6.7, Th ( handle) 2.9 cm
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