Greetings fellow members.
My son and I were recently at the beach, searching for rocks and large pebbles, suitable for being primed for painting. My son wanted to paint the
names of his family members on them. While we were combing the beach for likely looking objects, I came across something, partially hidden in the
sand. Upon first glance I thought it a discarded piece of masonry, such was the appearance of its surface, and the flatness of it. However, as I pried
it loose from the sand surrounding the object, it became clear to me that its weight, relative to its size, was unusual. When it came free, I was even
more surprised, if only because of the strangeness of its shape. Upon washing it in the water of the Thames Estuary, then resting it on the sea wall
to look at it more closely, it rang out when set down, as if made of metal.
Here is the object in question:
When I turned it over, having rested it down on the sea wall, to observe the other side of the object, I spotted tiny marks where the surface patina
of the object had been marred by the concrete of the sea wall, revealing the metal beneath. This can be seen in the second image I have posted. I
pored over this object for days, invited a mechanic and history buff friend of mine over, who had no idea what it was, despite us having run down
various thoughts as to what it might be, and where it might of come from. One thing he did point out to me, however, is that this thing on its own,
weighs about the same as a gearbox, despite having no where near the volume of material one would expect to be necessary, to carry all that weight. We
also believe that one side of the object is coated in a metal which is different to the other face, having identified a line down one edge of the
object, where the two metals meet, and noted that the surface on one side is much smoother than the other, despite both being clearly made of some
metallic substance of some sort.
It seems far too heavy to have washed ashore from a large ship out at sea, and at the same time far to heavy to have been mounted on, or part of a
smaller craft, moored close to shore. We went through a whole list of possibilities, but none of them seemed to fit the object correctly...
Despite our best efforts, and most rigorous musings, we cannot figure out what this thing is for the life of us. And so, without further ado, I throw
answering that question out to you, my fellow members.
edit on 25-7-2016 by TrueBrit because: correction.