In the waters of Hawaii’s northwestern islands, near the Papahanaumokuakea marine reserve, a maritime archaeologist checks out a ceramic jar once used to store foodstuffs in the galley of a whaler. All evidence suggests this wreck is an 1823 whaling ship from Nantucket called Two Brothers, and strangely enough, tied to some of the same crew as the Essex, another whaler known for inspiring Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. The jar pictured is called a “ginger jar” due to it’s shape rather than contents. Other artifacts found at the underwater site include a harpoon tip, which likely bears the name of the ship engraved on it, as was the tradition of nineteenth-century whaling. The concretions however hide this vital piece of evidence, making conservation of great importance both in preserving and contextualizing the metal fragment.
(click image for the full article from National Geographic)
Click here for some PDF reports from the NOAA and here for a video of the lead archaeologist discussing the find.