Pig Iron Ingots ~1827-1850~

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Found these two Pig Iron Ingots in the river after a hour search or so. Did not have a metal detector and found them in about chest high water. Worked the area on a "Legend Has It" lead from a book on this river in Virginia. One ingot has the name "Bath" on it for the Bath Ironworks which operated from 1827-1850... Working on preservation of the artifacts now and looking to donate at least one to the local historical society....
 

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diggin brains

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Found these two Pig Iron Ingots in the river after a hour search or so. Did not have a metal detector and found them in about chest high water. Worked the area on a "Legend Has It" lead from a book on this river in Virginia. One ingot has the name "Bath" on it for the Bath Ironworks which operated from 1827-1850... Working on preservation of the artifacts now and looking to donate at least one to the local historical society....
WOW they are cool but looks like they way a lot about 100lbs. each
 
#4
Smaller of the two weighs 76lbs and the larger 107lbs. Found in about 5 feet of water and 2nd in about six feet of water. Snorkel to get them but will probably go back with metal detect to work area again. Working on preservation and research now and looking forward to future finds....
 
#8
They would feed large qtys of iron ore, charcoal, etc into a large furnace and use forced air to heat the ore that the iron (fluid) would gather at base at which time they poured them into ingots. In this case they floated the ingots in basically barges downstream to Richmond for processing into items they could use. Heard of some lost in river and did some research on net to find approximate locale in this area and after several searches we found these two. Believe there are more in the area and seems to be pretty good interest in them from the area....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig_iron
 
#10
Awesome , great job on research and preserving history .
Have discovered numerous old maps of the area in the Library of Congress online and with that have picked up numerous areas to search and investigate. Looks like best maps were actually drawn by the map maker for Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. Couple of months the leaves will be off the trees so search will be much easier and actually water will be colder and clear.... This could be an active Fall\Winter !!!
 

Doc dog

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Found a gristmill just down the river from where we launch many of our trips from. Hope to hike up the stream bed to see if anything to be found at the mill. Incredible amount of info out there if you take the time to look. Hope to have new photos to post if anything comes from this.....
Sounds great,,,love pictures,,,
 
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