DROP TINE BUCK
In the 60's we were diving the pass on an old Paddle Wheeler (Johnson Bank ) that sunk way back when in about 60 feet and found several old 100 pounders with the brass plugs, with the 1800's stamped on them. My dad did some research on them through a friend that was with EOD on the base and found out that some have timed fuses. It's a vile with acid or something that brakes when shot and takes a certain amount of time to explode. Found out a lot have fuses and a lot are solid shot. We got the plug out and emptied the water out and it was purple! It drained down our driveway and down the hill to a gutter and a couple of days later my brother set it off accidently when he was welding over the stain on the concrete. It flashed and burned out the driveway and down the hill and into the gutter. Moral of the story don't be an idiot and beat on the brass plug to open it up, it could go Boom. There are still a lot of them out their, I know we left several out their after that experience.Back in the mid 70's When I was around 15 years old my brother was diving around the pass and found a large cannon ball. He brought it to the house and it had a brass plug with an 1861 date on it. managed to loosen the plug in the garage and it started hissing when it was loosened up. Ran around the corner of the house till it quit making a noise...stupid is as stupid does.
Once it hit the air it rusted apart in basically no time. Wished we would have done something to try and preserve it.
When we could still drive out to Ft Mcrae to go fishing, we found quite a few of the old blue practice bombs . Guess some pilots were more accurate than others.Who amung us old divers and fisherman remember the Blue practice bombs laying all around the Massachusetts from when the Navy use to bomb it. I'm talking back in the 50's....That's not how it was sunk, but they did use it for target practice.