On the Water

Ship Tools from the Propeller Indiana, Hand Truck

These hand tools were found in the engine and boiler space belowdecks in Indiana’s hold, indicating that they were used for the machinery. The crew used the shovel to add coal to the fires.

The hand truck—virtually identical to modern examples—is one of four found aboard Indiana and used for moving cargo into, out of, and around the cargo hold of the ship. This hand truck was the artifact that actually identified the vessel when it was located in 1972, for the words “PROPR INDIANA” were stamped into its handle. The other three had different ships’ names stamped on them, indicating that they were secondhand or borrowed equipment.

ID Number:
1994.0033.01
Date:
ca 1858
Dimensions:
average spatial: 61 in x 21 1/4 in x 17 1/8 in; 154.94 cm x 53.975 cm x 43.4975 cm
Source:
Gift of William H. Cohrs and John Steele

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  • Ship Tools from the Propeller Indiana, Hand Truck [ca 1858]
    Ship Tools from the Propeller Indiana, Hand Truck