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During the Civil War-era, especially in the South, paper was both scarce and expensive. In its place slates, such as the ones recovered from the SS Republic, were used by students as writing tablets. It is documented that many French Creole children had such a desire to learn they would walk miles to attend school equipped with their own prized book and slate.


Each one unique, the pieces were mined in Northwest Wales and are a beautiful blue-gray color known as “Old Vein”. The 61 recovered from the SS Republic wreck site were shipped upright in wooden crates, with remnants still scattered about the sea floor as seen in the recovery image above.

SS Republic Writing Slate

  • Slate approximately 12" x 8"



    • Certificate of Authenticity
    • Lost Gold of the Republic book
    • Museum Quality Acrylic Display Stand
  • If the product you received does not meet your expectations a return or exchange is permitted within 30 days of purchase. All items being returned or exchanged must be in their original condition and complete with all packaging, certificate of authenticity and promotional gifts as applicable. All authentic shipwreck artifacts will be examined on an individual basis for any tampering or damage. Seascape Artifacts Exhibits, Inc. reserves the right to decline the return or exchange if an artifact has been damaged or altered in any way. Refunds will be issued between 5-10 business days using the original payment method.

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