Friday, January 7, 2011

1/8/2011 Report - Looking Through the Glass & Nails

Copper Nails Found Near Jupiter Inlet Beach Last Week.

Terry T. found these nails down near Jupiter Beach recently. He says he never found anything like this before.

First finds are always fun and memorable. Congratulations Terry!

If you have some first finds, especially recently found, sent me a photo and a bit of the story. For that matter, I'd like to see any finds that you might want to share. I won't be able to post them all, but will post as many as I have time for.

In the past I've posted a lot of pictures of spikes and old nails. I also posted an this illustration of some old nails that might be some help.

You can read those old posts and see other finds by using the search box on this blog. You might enter the keywords "nails" or "spikes"."

It's always good to become familiar with a wide variety of miscellaneous objects. Finds like this can tell you something important about the beach and the area where you are hunting.

Old Nails.

Yesterday I posted a photo of a piece of black glass that I found while eye-balling a beach that I didn't bother detecting because of the beach conditions there. You can scout a lot of area visually when looking for clues and non-metallic items.

As you might know, black glass is not really black, although this particular piece would easily fool you, unless you held it up t a bright light to see it's dark olive green color. It really does look black otherwise.

Anyhow, I thought you might want to learn a little about black glass, which can be a good clue when you find it.

Here is a link to a web site that shows a lot of old bottles, including black glass. This site will give you an idea of the different types of black glass bottles that might have been lost with old shipwrecks.

And here is another web site that tells a lot about glass shipwreck finds. It is a study of the pieces of glass found on the Queen Anne's Revenge (Blackbeard's flagship) wreck site.

I highly commend this group for posting their research reports online.

While on the subject, a bunch of old bottles and other things has been found under a parking lot in downtown San Francisco.

Here is the link.

Forecast and Conditions.

The wind is out of the West and the ocean is flat. You know what that means - good time to get into the water. It's much easier to work in flat calm water.

I don't have to tell you again to avoid the leased areas, but I just did.

It looks like tomorrow and the following days, the seas will pick up a little again. Until then don't expect any changes in beach conditions.

It will be nice to get some churning again.

That's all for today.

Happy hunting,