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China from the shipwreck SS Mohawk
China makes happy divers

China from the shipwreck SS Mohawk
Divers with part of over 1000 dishes recovered from the Mohawk in 1996

China from the shipwreck SS Mohawk
2004 - there are still plenty more to be found

China from the shipwreck SS Mohawk
A stack of 9" dishes from the Mohawk (1935), some of many recovered in 2004. The inset shows the manufacturer's stamp on the back. "Vitrified" refers to the shiny non-porous glaze. The Grindley company is still in business, since 1889.

These dishes were part of cargo, probably bound for Cuba, and are quite ordinary and unremarkable. If they had actually belonged to the ship, they would most likely bear the Line's name and emblem - in this case Clyde, Clyde-Mallory, or Ward ( the Mohawk changed hands several times. ) Apart from a few stains, they are perfectly usable, after 70 years buried in the shipwreck !

China from the shipwreck SS Mohawk
A fancy dish from the Mohawk

German Navy markings on a dish
German Navy markings on a dish from the U-869

marmalade jar
An ordinary marmalade jar from 1870 - Emerald

teapot
A broken teapot on the Carolina

teapot
The same teapot, with some other pieces


China from the shipwreck Andrea Doria

In the era of the great trans-Atlantic liners, traveling first class meant the height of luxury. Of the Andrea Doria, the Italian Line said, "She was also designed as a living testament to the importance of beauty in the everyday world." This was reflected in every part of the ship, right down to the china service.

China from the shipwreck Andrea DoriaChina from the shipwreck Andrea Doria
Each piece of this elaborate First Class china bears a scene in an Oriental design. There are a number of different scenes, and a stylized version of the Italia crest was used to complement the design.

China from the shipwreck Andrea DoriaChina from the shipwreck Andrea Doria
The standard First Class china was less ornate, but elegant in its simplicity, with a border and crest of red and gold leaf.

The china used by the Second and Third Class passengers was plainer than the First Class pieces, but is still evidence of the Italian Line's commitment to "beauty in everyday life" aboard ship.

China from the shipwreck Andrea DoriaChina from the shipwreck Andrea Doria
A silver bread basket from First Class. The pewter sherbet dish was used in the Second Class dining room.

China from the shipwreck Andrea DoriaChina from the shipwreck Andrea Doria
A silver teapot from First Class. There are several size teapots, which were used according to how many passengers were seated at the table. When the first dives were made to the second class area in 1991, this pitcher was the first item retrieved.

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A martini glass. These rosary beads were being shipped from Italy to the United States as part of the Andrea Doria's cargo.

China from the shipwreck Andrea Doria
In pictures on board the ship, vases like this one appear on each table in the dining room. The vase is made from a low-quality clay, decorated with a floral design.

Original NJScuba website by Tracey Baker Wagner 1994-1996


China from the shipwreck Andrea Doria
China from the shipwreck Andrea Doria
China from the shipwreck Andrea Doria
from the collection of Dan Crowell

China from the shipwreck Andrea Doria




Horenberg knife
The now-famous "Horenberg knife" from the U-869

Cheap spoons from the shipwreck Mohawk
Cheap spoons from the Mohawk

Cheap coffee cup from the shipwreck Mohawk
Cheap coffee cup from the Mohawk


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