Delivered by: On Loan from the Hall of Gowanus, Feb. 17, 2018
Year: 19th Century
History: These kinds of nails were used to secure the wood slabs that the bulkheads - the side walls - of the canal were originally made of and are still in place in lots of parts of the canal. They are now more and more decayed though and collapsing.
A note on the Hall of Gowanus:
The Hall of Gowanus is a community-curated archive of Gowanus artifacts that was founded by Proteus Gowanus Interdisciplinary Gallery in 2007. Now under the stewardship of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, the archive is in need of a permanent home in Gowanus.