Lio goes fish'n

Fish'n for scrap iron at a local New York sea shore

If you visited any of the dozens of hobby metalcasting websites available (see the links page) you probably know all about collecting scrap aluminum. So let's crank it up a degree and collect some scrap iron! In a previous iron casting segment I mentioned that I collect iron from a local sea shore littered with iron scrap. Here's a virtual trip to the shore! -June/20/2005

The new park

Here is the waterfront at the renovated park that was opened to the public back around 1994 or so. A lot of fishing goes on here (it's the Atlantic coast). This place is in a suburb of New York which is about a 15-minute drive from the Manhattan, 10 minutes from the Bronx, 30 or so minutes from Brooklyn, etc... Oh and about 40 or so minutes from Rock Tavern and Montgomery NY -the location of Orange County Choppers (the motorcycle builders) on the "American Choppers" TV show on the Discovery Channel.

The Ocean

Here's an arial look at the the waterway taken from the Lab's company helicopter... Okay, okay I was actually standing on a bridge... I think this water all connects to the Hudson river, and flows into the Atlantic ocean. Some of the fish caught here include; bluefish, striped bass, blackfish (I think its also called "tataug" in New England), flounder, and fluke.

Unfortunetly this water is very polluted with chemicals (all the abandoned scrap metal doesn't help either). Health authorities say that you should not eat fish caught from this water more than once a week.

Oyster shells along the shore

Here is an outcropping of oyster shells ready to be plucked from the rock basin for use as an iron flux. Many varieties of live shellfish are around here, mainly clams and mussels. But it's illegal to collect them from this area, and I don't think they're healthy to eat in this polluted water anyways.

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Scrap iron litter

I know, I know... we're not here for a fishing trip, we're here for some iron collecting... Here we see on this rocky shore there are some scrap iron radiators half buried and just rusting away, what a waste... Needless to say I will carry them off to find freedom and redemption in the fiery depths of my furnace!!

Notice the "axle looking" thing at the bottom of the photo. It must weigh about 400 pounds or more and is about 20" in diameter at the center. I'm thinking it may be part of a train axle.

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Scrap iron litters the shore

Here is another view of the rusty iron scrap strewn about. The iron does blend in with the surroundings but look just below the row of rocks. By the way this is the area shown in the "arial view."

New radiators

For those not familiar with the appearance of those old radiators found in "Victorian" style and other old homes in the U.S. and probably other countries here is a picture of one in good condition. The home heating system pumps hot water through them and the heat radiates through the radiator warming the room.

Abandoned boatyard

This muddy shore is where a lot of boat docks were left to rot, possibly some boats also. The tide is out in this photo. I've walked around in this area and located scraps ranging from old boat anchors to wooden boat frames and even a truck tire. I saw a couple sinks, one iron and one stainless steel.

Unfortuetly you can't tell from the picture but there's a ton (maybe literally) of discarded iron things on the ground there.

Abandoned auto engine

This right here is a pure disgrace. This is an abandoned, flathead, 4-cylinder engine. It looks just like an old car engine but it has the words "marine engine" cast into the surface. Its seems to be intact aside from the damage to it.

It seems that some small sea creatures may have been attempting to turn it to a mini artificial reef, like what happens to sunken ships at the bottom of the ocean. However I think the sea creatures have been somewhat unsuccessful because the tide flows in and out to often.

If I have my way I'll collect this entire engine and remelt it's metal as well! This thing is so old that the oil pan is an iron casting!

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Some hice houses

I had to throw this photo in. Just of some nice sea side houses. I wouldn't mind living in a house like one of these... Especially the one on the right!

Because of some wierd refraction of light on the water's surface, this photo kinda looks like two photos side by side, but this really is just one photo.

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