A bilge pump handle encrusted
to a large iron knee
On March 16, 1887, carrying 4,500 bales of cotton, the Austrian sailing
vessel Slobodna ran aground on Molasses Reef. Much of the
Slobodna's components and cargo were salvaged within days of its wrecking,
according to official documents.
In May 1995, researchers from IU's
Underwater Science Program surveyed the Mast
Wreck (sometimes referred to as
the "Pin Wreck" or the "Brass Pin Wreck" although no brass or pins
remain), hoping to find clues that match the remains to the Slobodna.
Perhaps the items which will prove most valuable in ascertaining the
name of the vessel are the many iron knees which are scattered about the
In the photo to the right, a bilge pump handle has become
encrusted to a large iron knee.
measurements of this knee (and other knees and components at the site)
to details of the Slobodna's construction may show that this
is indeed the site of the 1887 wreck.
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Last updated: 11 February 2002
Comments: Underwater Science Program
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