Volume 12 Number 2/3
October, 1996
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Navigator’s Bookcase Sheet of aluminum with red paint Cut Strip of Aluminum Aluminum Plate
Dado Aircraft Skin Aluminum Comb Riveted Assembly
Channel Section Cables Plexiglas Aircraft Safety Wire
Thermometer, broken Threaded metal cap Shoe parts Artifact 2-2-G-8, Shoe heel
Thermometer, broken (TIGHAR Artifact 2-2-G-5)
Date Found: October 1991 during TIGHAR’s NIKU II expedition. thermometer
Description: This is a clear glass rod 2 and 5/8 inches in length with a diameter of 5/32 inch. One end has a formed right-angle hook 1/16 inch in length. The rod is triangular in cross-section and appears to be constructed of two bonded, concentric layers with a white opaque band imbedded between the layers along one side of the triangle. A minute (less than pin-hole sized) opening runs the length of the rod at its approximate center and terminates in a bulb at the hooked end.
Condition: The rod is broken at both ends. No trace of markings or gradations are visible on the white band or the rod. The external surface of the glass is smooth and shows no sign of abrasion. There is a trace of foreign material at the straight break and a few flecks have found there way into the central tube to a depth of about 5mm.
Identification: The object is clearly a thermometer of some kind.
Commentary: No match has been found to any specific type of thermometer. The hook at the end is particularly puzzling. Thermometers are easily broken, but this one is broken at both ends. How did that happen? The glass shows no sign of having been tumbled about on the rough coral as one might expect if it had been washed ashore from the lagoon. But if it was simply dropped, where is the rest of it? And how did foreign material get 5mm down into the central tube?
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