Friday, March 2, 2012

February 30, 2012.

A couple of weeks ago Roland was walking the eastern beaches when he came upon a mystery. Its a glass ball about 18 inches in diameter. The glass appears to be about a half an inch thick and there’s a small puddle of liquid inside. I suppose that its sea water but the ball seems to be in good shape with no faults.

There’s a small label inside that appears to say “Deep Sea Glass Sphere Type 004”
The manufacturer seems to be Benthos Inc out of Falmouth, Mass. Serial number 26266. Pressure tested to 6700 METERS!

I worked some Google magic and found that the ball was designed to protect “instruments” from the pressure of the ocean depths.
As of now it hangs in a place of honor in the new Hog Cay Pavilion.

6 comments:

Ms. Cathy said...

Wow, nice find!! I've never seen anything like that before! I loved reading about it because I'm always fascinated by the odd things one encounters when traveling :) Cool blog!

Cathy Trails

Anonymous said...

Excellent blog...

But how do you Leap a Leap year?

Di said...

Did you make the net around the ball? Pretty cool!

S/V Veranda said...

Cathy, I'm glad you enjoyed the blog

Anon, I'm too old to leap anything...

Di, Bentley from Salty Paws took some unraveled fishimg net and did a little macrame' magic

Anonymous said...

I have one of those spheres too - a friend who works there gave me one of the rejects. The cool part is, the spheres are made of to hemispheres. the edges are milled to extremely fine tolerances, and the opposing surfaces, when mated, form an amazingly good seal (no glue or sealant is used - at least originally) They're put together in a vacuum and that's all that holds the two parts together. The liquid is probably seawater, that has been sucked between the two hemispheres over time as it floated around in the ocean.

S/V Veranda said...

Thank you for the story behind the ball...facinating what washes up