S.S. Ft Meigs iron mystery piece, dated 1943

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  1. Lucille.b

    Lucille.b Well-Known Member

    My 90 year old neighbor passed away two months ago (RIP, he was a great man). His daughter found this piece when going through items, and wondered if I had any idea what it might be. Military is not my forte... anyone have thoughts? Approx 4.5" across, magnet sticks, so metal is iron.

    Noted that it was tapered on the side, maybe for holding some kind of rope? Also would the stamped date be something that was added after the fact? Thanks for taking a look.




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  2. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    I found this, that I THINK relates, if you read it through, as there are two "MEIGS"....for me, got a bit confusing.....but I think I have it correct now....and maybe somehow that piece of iron came off the earlier troop ship! How your neighbor got it, is not for me to say!!


    I Believe THIS BELOW is the ship also that relates to your search. This relates to the Meig built in 1922!!

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  3. Lucille.b

    Lucille.b Well-Known Member

    Thank you, Aqui.

    It's a bit of a mystery. I'm thinking the date would have been added after the fact...or?? Also does anyone know WHAT this is, as a start?

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  4. Fid

    Fid Well-Known Member

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  5. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    I wonder what fit into that slot?

    I thought we had some Navy guys here.....
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  6. Lucille.b

    Lucille.b Well-Known Member

    Good point -- if we knew "what" this was, it would be part of the mystery solved.

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  7. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    Looks like it might have a bit of that 'battleship grey' paint on it, especially in the last image.........just guessing here....and in looking at it....no holes to hold it steady anywhere!!!!!....SO some sort of a wedge?????? Could it possibly go the OTHER WAY UP?????????

    That stamp on the piece could have easily been added later.....and in reading down on that first article...might just add to confusion!!!! from Newsweek:

    The name USS Meigs is incorrectly applied to the USAT Meigs and also, properly, to the USS General M. C. Meigs (AP-116), which served in the Korean War.

    There was also a small Quartermaster Corps passenger and freight steamer built in 1892 by John H. Dialogue & Son, Camden New Jersey, and serving in the early 20th century named General Meigs.[21][22]"
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  8. Jeff Drum

    Jeff Drum Well-Known Member

    There is confusion about the name, ss fort meigs is different than ss meigs. There was a freighter (to carry freight, not a warship) built in 1943 called the ss fort meigs http://www.t2tanker.org/ships/kaiser.html
    Have no idea what that piece is, but probably name plate on ship or some other piece on ship with name and date, and taken off years later when the ship was broken up for scrap. Owner may have been on the freighter during the war, so kept as a momento, or maybe just there when it was broken up and kept as a personal record.
  9. Lucille.b

    Lucille.b Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Jeff. Something along these lines is likely correct. Appreciate you taking a look.
  10. Figtree3

    Figtree3 What would you do if you weren't afraid?

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  11. Firemandk

    Firemandk Well-Known Member

    possibly a cross section of the building material cut out to perform metallurgical tests and inspection, something they should have done on that ship called the Titanic......... date corresponds to the building of the ship SS Ft. Meigs. ....interesting it was scrapped out in Holland.
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  12. Lucille.b

    Lucille.b Well-Known Member

    Thank you Firemandk.
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  13. Firemandk

    Firemandk Well-Known Member

    It's just a guess but it's a possibility
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  14. springfld.arsenal

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    SS Ft. Meigs was launched on June 3, 1943 according to the info at link above. It could be a typo for June 8 which appears on the object. I’m thinking the item is some form of brake that got knocked off a rail to let the ship slide down the ways at launching. I’m not familiar with the mechanical details but an expendable brake of some kind would make sense. I think searches of ship launching would show something like it.
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