Tuesday, May 31, 2011

5/31/11 Report - Res-Q-Lite & Rip Tides

Res-Q-Light Found on Treasure Coast.

I've been trying to get answers to a couple of remaining questions about this item for some time.

There is a lot of detail on the canister, but not a date. The canister appears to be copper and reads, THE WATER LIGHT, TRADE MARK RES-Q-LITE, MARINE TORCH Co., BALTIMORE, MD., THE DEVICE MEETS IN EVERY WAY THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISING INSPECTORS.

I think you can see the picture on the canister also, which seems to show the device handing on a hip's railing and attached to a life preserver. It looks to me like it would float in the water and provide a light. From the picture it also looks like a wick or light or something stuck out of the top and that is probably where it was lighted.

Does anyone know any more about this, maybe a date or type of vessel that used it?

I got a note from one person that was down in South Florida and took his detector but was so turned off by the big crowds and craziness that he didn't even turn his detector on. If you haven't been down there it is a different scene from the Treasure Coast. Very different. As I've said that is where I lived when I began detecting and that is where I spent a lot of time detecting.

You can detect before the crowds get there or after they leave. I would never recommend detecting on busy beaches at the most busy times.

There are also some quieter spots, but they won't be obvious to the person that is not familiar with the area without doing some research.

Another person wrote to me about rip currents not too long ago. Conditions on the Treasure Coast are now favorable for rip current development. The sand bars that are now in front of the beach will be breached or broken and the water will rush out of any spots like that. That can turn into a heavy stream that will grow larger and stronger, making it difficult to go against if you happen to wander into it. It will tend to pull you out to sea.

Here is one web site that tells you what you need to know about rip currents.


I remember the first time I wandered into one. I didn't know anything about them before that.

For any of you that want to try detecting in the water, play it safe. If you aren't accustomed to the water and aren't a strong swimmer, stay in shallow water that you an handle.

That article would be a good one for any detectorist to read. There are some good clues in there. So much about beach detecting is about the how water moves the sand and other materials.

Odyssey Marine stock closed at a new 52 week high on Friday and opened up another 20 cents a share out of the block this morning. Somebody has some high hopes for this company.

Treasure Coast Beach Forecast and Conditions.

Walton Rocks Yesterday Morning Before Low Tide.

The beaches are still sandy with a lot of sea weed. Conditions haven't improved and the chances of finding a cob are still poor.

The wind is still from the east. Seas will remain pretty much the same, around 4 to 5 feet, until next weekend when they will start to decrease again.

If you are out there walking the beach, look at the sand bar and see if you can see where any rip currents are developing.

Green Turtle Beach Yesterday Before Low Tide.

This photo was taken an hour or two closer to low tide than the previous photo.

Still doesn't look any good.

It might be a good time to look for what the beach goers left on the beaches during the long weekend.

When the water starts to calm down next weekend, that would be a good time to get out to check the low tide areas. I would expect to find a few more spikes or other artifacts.

Happy hunting,