Monday, August 15, 2011

8/15/11 Report - Spanish Monastery & Active Tropics

Gert and Two Tropical Disturbances.

These things have been quickly popping up and then disappearing.

Gert is headed out into the Atlantic.

Want to visit a 12th Century Spanish Monastery, but not going to Spain real soon? No problem! You can find a genuine 12th Century monastery in South Florida.

The monastery was built in Spain, later converted for other uses, purchased by William Randolph Hearst in 1925, then disassembled, the stones packed in 11,000 numbered wooden crates, and shipped to the United States where it was reassembled.

Pretty Amazing.

Divers explored the wreck of the HMS Investigator that sank in 1854. It is full of artifacts.

Here is the link to that story.

Silver Spoon From Spanish Galleon.

This spoon was listed for sale on eBay. It can be difficult to identify the date and source of artifacts like this. Sometimes the style or design of very old spoons or forks can look very modern. The easiest way to tell if an artifact like this is old, is to find markings on it that provide good information. Unfortunately you can't always do that.

I believe this spoon had bid of about $50 on it with a couple days remaining.

Right now there are a number of artifacts from a Spanish galleon from Argentina listed on eBay. The artifacts include things like spikes, musket balls and ceramics.

Treasure Coast Beach Forecast and Conditions.

Like I said, Gert is going away from us and won't affect the Treasure Coast.

The other two disturbances have about a 10% chance of developing into a cyclone in the next 48 hours. They won't affect the Treasure Coast much, at least not for a few days.

The wind is still out of the west. The surf web sites are still predicting a small increase in the seas around Wednesday or Thursday, but the increase is only about a foot, so that probably won't affect beach detecting conditions.

The topics have become so active, you need to keep an eye on current developments. Things are forming quickly, and so far, have then disappeared almost as quickly.

Happy hunting,