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.

Date Made: ca 1858When The Indiana Was Found: 1972

Related Event: Expansion and Reform


See more items in: Work and Industry: Maritime, Work, Energy & Power, Industry & Manufacturing, Transportation, On the Water exhibit

Exhibition: On the Water

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

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Related Publication: On the Water online exhibition

Credit Line: Gift of William H. Cohrs and John Steele

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1994.0033.01Catalog Number: 1994.0033.01Accession Number: 1994.0033

Object Name: hand truck

Physical Description: wood (overall material)metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 61 in x 21 1/4 in x 17 1/8 in; 154.94 cm x 53.975 cm x 43.4975 cm


Record Id: nmah_1156616

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