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Fish Spear - St. Johns/Santa Clara Shipwreck 3D Model
An iron fish spear found on the shipwrecked 1564 galleon Santa Clara still bears the calcareous encrustation that formed on it while underwater. This device gives us a peek into how people ate while at sea centuries ago: Refrigeration was non-existent at the time, so the only way to eat fresh meat in mid-ocean was to butcher livestock carried on board, or to catch fish. This five-pronged spear (one is missing) would have mounted on a wooden shaft tied to a line. Like a harpoon, the spear was thrown into the water to impale fish swimming alongside the ship. Similar examples have been found on many other Spanish colonial-era shipwrecks, indicating they were fairly standard equipment at the time.