Monday, August 23, 2010

8/23 Report - Salvage Vessel Working Sebastian Area

Salvage Crew Working South of McClarty Museum.

The smaller boat in the foreground of the photo has been blowing holes about 100 yards out from the beach.

Word is that the crew of theDare found an exceptionally nice 8 reale and a 4 Being protected from corrosion by being buried in mud, these coins were both in very good condition.

I've often been fascinated how different environments have a different effect on coins. The cold lake waters of the north produce some nice looking coins. Some just get a nice gun blue patina.

Other places I've seen really eats coins. I've seen mud that must be very acidic because old copper pennies wear paper thin from just sitting in it. I've seen that around mangroves where the leaves and stuff decomposes. I think that produces an acid soil.

In the ocean, mud is often very protective.

Some of my best hunting has been in clay bottoms, which are also sometimes exposed along beach fronts when you get good erosion.

Photo From Seagrape Trail Friday.

There were some deep scallops in the dense dredged sand. You can see that in the photo. Those types of dips are worth checking out sometimes.

If you are interested in the wrecks around Wabasso, you might want to take a look at the book by Laura Strolia, The Marigalera of the 1715 Fleet. It is available through

Forecast and Conditions.

Last month I thought it was so redundant and boring that I gave up reporting my numeric beach conditions rating. I've been stuck on 1 (poor) for so long, that it just didn't seem worthwhile. Well, this month it got even worse. The seas have been so calm that the beach hasn't been changing at all. There really isn't anything new to report. Someday that will change - hopefully sooner rather than later.

Very often treasure hunting is a waiting game.

No matter how bad the conditions you can always go out and learn something. Or stay in and do some research that might pay off down the line.

Happy hunting,