Thursday, February 17, 2011

2/17/11 Report - Bulldozer Hoard Cob & More

Sebastian Bulldozer Hoard 8 Reale.

I noticed this cob from the Sebastian Bulldozer Hoard for sale on eBay.

This is a reminder that treasure coins can be found at other places than the ocean and beach.

While the water level on local waterways is down, it would be a good time to explore the banks of some of our waterways.

I think I have the answer to the Juno Beach pole mystery. David S. says, We see wrecked Haitian boats in the Bahamas and they have masts and boom that look just like the photos you posted. They are made up of natural timbers that are mostly straight but not machine milled and have iron fasteners.
One time I saw a bottle tied into the top of a mast on a wrecked boat like it was an offering to the Gods of winds and waves. Or perhaps a drink for the last guy left as the boat goes down?

Thanks David, I think you got it.

Odyssey Marine's SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure Exhibit will be on display at the Science Museum in Sarasota Florida on March 3, 2011. The exhibit is a multi-media travelling exhibit that will be open to the public at G.WIZ – The Science Museum in Sarasota.

If you are in the area, you might want to see that.

Here is the link for more information.

"Odyssey and Spain are battling in U.S. courts for ownership of sunken treasure found in 2007. The U.S. government filed a "friend of the court" brief in the case in support of Spain. Some Florida lawmakers are urging the US to side with Odyssey rather than Spain. Good for them.

By the way, Odyssey Marine stock has been doing well over the past few months. It is trading at well over $3.00 per share. That is better than I would have expected and not a bad investment if you bought a few months ago.

I had some questions about the spikes and conserving items, particularly iron. A lot of things in the past were poorly conserved and are falling apart. If you go past the park across from the Fort Pierce police station you'll see some of the old cannons and how they deteriorated.

On the east side of A1A as you go north of Pepper Park you'll see an old anchor on the east side of the road up by the condominiums and trailer park on the west side of A1A. Does anyone know what wreck that came from?

One lady bought a shoebox full of coins and medals for $5 at a church flea market and struck gold. The box contained three ounces of gold in the form of a distinctive medal that was presented in 1928 to Charles M. Schwab.

Here is the link for more of that story.

Coins recovered from the 1846 Gulf of Mexico shipwreck of the SS New York included some of the finest Southern branch mint gold coins and a nearly complete set of Bust half dollars. The side-wheel steamer was found in about 60 feet of water.

Here is the link to that story.

Don't forget there was steamship service down the Indian River. I'm sure there are some things to be found around where the old docks and service points were.

Conditions and Forecast.

Not much has changed. The wind is now out of the southeast and the seas around four feet. The surf web sites are predicting decreasing seas for the next few days.

Conditions for finding treasure coins on the Treasure Coast treasure beaches remain poor. Yet some interesting things can still be found in the low tide areas.

As I already mentioned, you might want to explore some of the local waterways while water levels are low.

Happy hunting,