Sunday, July 10, 2011

7/10/11 Report - Fog on the Treasure Coast Ocean

Low Tide This Morning on a Treasure Coast Beach.

As you can see it was a little foggy out on the ocean this morning. I have a video of the waves below. Also a little virtual snorkeling video that I experimented with.

Some of the beach accesses have a lot of mosquitoes now. If you don't want to feed the mosquitoes, you might want to take some repellent.

It looks like we'll be having scattered thunder showers for at least another week if the forecasts are correct.

If you want to get a first look at a different metal detector, you might try YouTube. There are now a lot of videos on Youtube, and quite a few by detectorists showing field experiences. While most of these videos are definitely amature productions, they can still be useful. You can't always believe everything you see, but you can often get a glimpse at some of the various technologies that are being used and you can often get a bit of a sense of how well they work. I certainly wouldn't use YouTube videos as my only source of information, but the videos there can sometimes be helpful.

The internet is a really good research tool for researching finds too. I found an old blob top bottle that has the address of the bottling company embossed on the front. It was on Bedford Ave. in New York. I was able to find the address and photos of the buildings on the street where the bottle was made or distributed. I don't know if the existing building at that address is the original building, but it is interesting to actually be able to see the location where the item once was used nearly a hundred years ago. Found on the Treasure Coast but traced back to a New York address. I wonder if it was tossed overboard from a steam ship or what?

The question about the scapular has been answered. Laura Strolia, author of The Marigalera of the 1715 Fleet, found that the scapular with a picture of a galleon is a Carmelite scapular for Our Lady Star of the Sea.

Treasure Coast Beach Forecast and Conditions.

Here is the video of the beach this morning.

Notice how wide the beach is becoming. It seems that sand is continuing to wash in building a wider beach at locations like this. The new sand is real fine and silty, and covering old layers of shells.

I've been working this beach for a few days or maybe even weeks now and still finding iron and other items.

The finds are coming from just behind the wet sand area and are down a foot or more laying under the sand towards the top of packed shells near the water table.

I'm finding that once you get down a foot or so, sometimes you can remove the material from the hole more successfully by hand. You can keep the sides of the hole from falling in by carefully removing the material by hand rather than using the scoop. Also, when you get near the object you can feel around for it and retrieve it by sticking your hand down through the water and looser materials.

There is almost always a zone where you will find most targets. At different times the zone will be at different places. The zone on this beach right now, and I'd bet others like it in this area is in the area is back from the water and where the beach just starts to slant upwards - not too close to the water, and not in the dry fluffy sand.

You'll have some hard digging. As I said, sand is on top of a layer of packed shells, then you'll hit the water table.

The wind is still out of the southwest and the seas calm, running about one foot. that is predicted to remain the same for the next week.

There is nothing significant in the tropics now either.

Blogger is giving me trouble today. it seems I've lost some of what I typed. I'll give up for now.

I'll just leave you with this little virtual snorkeling tour.

Happy hunting,