Tuesday, October 19, 2010

10/20 Report - Divers Down at Nieves Site

Boats Anchored Over Nieves Site Yesterday.

There were about seven boats anchored off of John Brooks Park yesterday, some with dive flags out. Interesting! I wonder what was going on.

The beach hasn't changed much in the last week. There is still a ton of loose shelly sand out in front of where the beach was cut at one time.

John Brooks Park Beach Yesterday.

The ram of an ancient warship was recently discovered by RPM Nautical Foundation near Sicily. The ram could be from the famous last battle of the first Punic War in which Rome defeated Carthage in 241 B. C.

The same RPM Nautical Foundation has worked near Florida with the Fisher organization in the past. You can find photos of the ram along with information on the three Florida projects on their web site. You'll find interesting information on the civil war use of a harbor near Key Largo, for example.

Here is the link.

Select the projects icon and then the geographical area that you are interested in.


You might want to look at the various sections of that web site.

One person that has been reading this blog is about to buy a metal detector and get started with the hobby. As a result I have a couple of tips for those who are just starting out.

First, you will need patience. It is not likely that you will find a gold coin your first time out. Expect to start slow and stick with it. It will take you a while to learn how to use your detector well and to learn how and where to search. You'll find some things, so don't get discouraged.

Second, take time to learn about your detector. Work with it at a dry beach. Take some coins of your own to use as test targets. Bury them, or have someone else bury them not too deep in a well defined area, and then scan the area until you find them. Test the different settings on your detector with the test targets. Sweep the coil fast and slow and observe the difference in the signal that you get.

Try to find an area without many metallic targets for your experimentation.

There are many detectorists that have been detecting for years that have not really taken the time to learn how to use their detector to best advantage.

Often if you try your detector at home there will be electrical interference from power lines or different things that will confuse you until you know your detector better.

I would not buy the most expensive or fanciest detector to start with. Learn to use a basic detector well before stepping up to a top of the line detector. You can learn a lot by experimenting with your detector.

Patience and practice will be two of your best allies.

Another person said they would like to hear more about water detecting techniques. I'll do some more of that in the future.

Again, I'd advise browsing the current and past artifacts sections for the SedwickCoins auctions.

Forecast and Conditions.

The ocean is smooth and will remain smooth up until Saturday when the seas will begin to increase. If you want to do any water hunting, do it now.

On Sunday we will have five foot seas if the surf web sites are correct. I suspect that will be the result of a low pressure area down around Grand Cayman that will be forming and moving east.

The high tides are still pretty high and the wind is from the north.

Happy hunting,