Mysterious antique 1930s steamer trunk washes ashore at park beach: empty of contents but full of history

Tracey Folly

An antique steamer trunk washed ashore earlier this month. The piece of luggage dates back nearly a hundred years, and it sports a fitting name: Neverbreak. Keep reading for photos of the actual trunk.

The trunk is made of sturdy materials and appears to feature several locks, latches, and straps. It's clear that this trunk was built to last. The condition of the trunk suggests that it may have spent a long time at sea before finally washing up on shore. It's possible that the trunk was lost during a shipwreck or else drifted away during a storm.

It was empty when it was found, but did it start out that way?

Whatever the case may be, it's amazing that this trunk has survived for so many years. The Neverbreak steamer trunk is now a fascinating piece of history, and it's sure to have many more stories to tell.

The Fort Matanzas National Monument revealed the discovery of the 1930s-era trunk. Unfortunately, no one knows where the trunk came from or where it was going when it ended up in the drink.

How long was the Neverbreak trunk in the water? How did it get there? Was it flotsam or was it jetsam?

Have you ever wondered about the difference between flotsam and jetsam? From Merriam-Webster:

English speakers started using flotsam, jetsam, and lagan as legal terms in the 16th and 17th centuries (the earliest evidence of flotsam dates from around the early 1600s). The three words were used to establish claims of ownership to the three types of seaborne, vessel-originated goods they named. Flotsam was anything from a shipwreck (the word comes from Old French floter, meaning "to float"). Jetsam and lagan were items thrown overboard to lighten a ship. Lagan was distinguished from jetsam by having a buoy attached so the goods could be found if they sank. In the 19th century, when flotsam and jetsam took on extended meanings, they became synonyms, but they are still very often paired.

The story of how the trunk came to be washed ashore is a mystery, but it's safe to say that it has outlasted its owner by many years. The condition of the trunk is a testament to its durability, and it is sure to be a treasured find for any collector.

From Instagram:

Today the social media world brought to our attention an item of interest that washed ashore on our park beaches. A team of park staff went in to investigate this suspicious package. While nothing of interest was found within this trunk, it itself is a unique piece of history. What we found today is a Vintage 1930s Steamer Trunk. It is a brand called "Neverbreak Trunks."

You can see the Instagram post along with multiple photographs of the nearly century-old trunk below:

What an amazing find! What would you do if you found a ninety-year-old steamer trunk on the beach? Would you open it? Would you report it? Would you take it home? Comments are welcome.

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