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Best Jigsaw Puzzle Ever

Summer work out in the tank farm continues. Last week we drained and began reorganizing Tank 2. The first objects we focused on were pieces of diamond plate cast iron flooring, which we believe came from the engine room. We spent part of an afternoon seeing how many of these pieces would have originally fit together. If we could determine this now, reassembly once conservation is complete will be much easier. We discovered we have nearly three full sections of diamond plate flooring that we will be able to reassemble.

Here you can see the pieces from three sections of diamond plate laid out in their original orientation.

Here you can see the pieces from three sections of diamond plate laid out in their original orientation.

Check back to the blog soon as we will have more updates as the summer progresses. Happy Independence Day!

3 Comments

  1. Paige Myers
    Posted July 10, 2014 at 3:14 PM | Permalink

    Hi. Looks like a fun project! I am trying to get in touch with your conservation team to ask some questions about your lab equipment. I am the textile conservator at the NC Museum of History. Please email me at the address above. Thank you.

  2. Posted July 16, 2014 at 10:11 AM | Permalink

    Sent you an email!

  3. Duke
    Posted July 18, 2014 at 5:19 PM | Permalink

    How much fun that must have been to assemble an 152 year old jig saw puzzle? Last time anyone saw those plates together they were under a few inches of water and it was gaining fast. Very impressive work. Thanks

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