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Odd Relics From Wrecks

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The Coast Wrecking Compaiiy bas in its office, in this city, a curious collection of relies froin old wrecks and other odd bits taken from the sea. The collection embraces quaint piecea of furuiture, explosive sliells and shells of the ocean, shreds of ladies' dresses,rude weapons of savage races, huge starfish, and many curious things, the use and purpose of which are still unknown. The collection contains the broken bell brought up from the ill-fated steamer Atlantic, of the White Star line, which was wrecked on Golden Eule Bock, on the Nova Scotia coast, on April 1, 1678 with a loss of five hundred and fiftyseven out of one thousand and seven souls on board. There is also a rusty hiltless sword, dug out of tho sand eight years ago, near the huik of the British bark Thistle, which va3losto11 Squah Beach, N. J., in 1811. There are also several bottles of sweet oil, holding a pint and a half each, with the original corks intact, and the oil as clear as crystal, taken in November, 1877, from the wreek of the British bark Kobert, which went down in 1844, with a cargo of lead and oil, and ├╝veof her crew, off the place where Atlantic City now stands. There is a South Sea Island canteen, ingeniously constructed of cocoanut shells, which was fished from a wreek in seventy feet of water on the coast of Maine; also a mussel shell flrmly imbedded four inches in depth in a well which was found one hundred and forty feet above the sea le vel on the Jersey coast; also a pelican's skull and bill, measuring two feet from back to tip, (making an excellent though wide dipper) which was found near the wreek of the bark Eobert Fletcher, on the south beach of Long Mand, and which is said to have been used to bail out the boat by the crew when endeavoring to escape. The jaws of a shark, killed on the South Carolina coast, which have been preserved, eau easily be passed over the shoulders and down the body of a full-grown man. One of the most curious relies is a lamp chimney taken from the remains of the ironclad Merrimac. Oysters three inches long were found attached to the glass, and four largo oysters which had grown about the brass base of the chimney, form an irregular square. The hilts of several swords and soine old firearms are also ed with oyster


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