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Please help me identify this piece of beach treasure

I found this off the coast of British Columbia, Canada and not quite sure what it is. Appears to be a pressurized covered of some sorts. Thanks!






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Re: Please help me identify this piece of beach treasure

Clearly what you found is a steering benson. See that pin, the Finnigan pin? That would be attached to the fugglewart for the ap.
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Re: Please help me identify this piece of beach treasure

I disagree, Bob. From the first photo, it is obviously an unfinished aluminum lawn chicken. They didn't get to finish off the rest of the casting before it somehow was washed to sea, possibly in a tsunami in Asia.
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Re: Please help me identify this piece of beach treasure

Could be from a ship's boiler.
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Clearly what you found is a steering benson. See that pin, the Finnigan pin? That would be attached to the fugglewart for the ap.
...then at 7 PM the fugglewart caved in and he said Fella's its been good to know ya'.....
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Re: Please help me identify this piece of beach treasure

It looks like it has one electrical stuffing tube and next to it is a pressure fitting for a line (square head with pipe thread). A burner cover from a boiler? Access to the supercharger on a big diesel? Access to the tubes on a heat exchanger?

Just SWAGs. Somebody on here will know.

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Trade you my Ex for it?
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Re: Please help me identify this piece of beach treasure

Swell,

What you're holding there is a piece weathered of aluminum scrap.

As to what it may have been in a previous life, I've got no clue. I do, though, wish you luck on a getting an answer -- I too love these little mysteries that life throws at you now and again.
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Re: Please help me identify this piece of beach treasure

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Clearly what you found is a steering benson. See that pin, the Finnigan pin? That would be attached to the fugglewart for the ap.
That's odd. I thought that steering bensons were always right-handed, whereas this thing is obviously left-handed (note the placement of the Finnigan pin --- unless I'm looking at it upside-down?). But, if anyone would know it would be Bob.

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Wait a minute! My nephew, just back from his week in the wilds of Big Bear Lake with the Boy Scouts, tells me it's a "Left-handed Smoke-shifter".
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