Today, October 26, 2010, the axe arrived in Curaçao. With The Axe I mean the axe that in 1872 was used to launch the SS Dahlia, later renamed SS Mediator. About a year ago my wife and I met Dr Tom Clark and Mrs Elizabeth Clark from Scotland who had found the axe in their home. It was mounted in a wall, apparently meant not to be found. The exact history how and why the axe was hidden there will probably never be known. The couple promised us to send the axe to Curaçao so that the ship (wreck) and the axe would be in the same place. For several reasons it took a year before it was actually sent. But here it is:
The text on the card reads:
Dear John + Frances,
at last we have found time to send you the axe which launched the SS Dahlia/Mediator so that it can at last be reunited with the ship which is sunk off your island. I hope your visitors enjoy.
Elizabeth + Tom
We will display the axe with a proper text in the archaeological museum in the dive shop Trunkdivers at Landhuis Daniel. Afterwards we will investigate the option to display the axe in the Maritime Museum together with other artifacts from the Mediator.