Friday, August 5, 2011

8/6/11 Report - Spanish Armada & Remains of Emily Lingering

Back of Religious Medallion Found on 1715 Fleet Wreck Beach.

I've been working to get a better photo of this medallion. I've shown the front before. The back, shown here, has a prayer on it in Latin.

Getting good photos of artifacts has a lot to do with the lighting. Sometimes the lighting is just right and all of a sudden you can see things you never saw before.

When I originally dug this medallion, it was so encrusted I thought it was another encrusted coin. It wasn't until much latter when I partially cleaned it that I could see that it was a medallion rather than a coin. Since that time, it has been cleaned a lot more.

There is some remaining gilt on it.

Underwater archaeologists are exploring a shipwreck that appears to be from the Spanish Armada of 1588. The wreck is located in shallow waters in Rutland Harbour, near Burtonport.

Here is a link to that article.

For more information on the Spanish Armada and its wrecks, here is a great article that includes artwork and maps of wreck locations.

Treasure Coast Beach Forecast and Conditions

The remains of Emily are now poorly organized and just east of South Florida this afternoon. Maybe we'll get a little rain from it. It has a 80% chance of becoming a cyclone again.

On the Treasure Coast, the wind is from the east and there the waves are just a touch higher. The seas are up to about 2.5 feet. That's not much, but it could be enough to freshen up a few of the better low tide spots.

Conditions for finding shipwreck treasure coins on the Treasure Coast remains poor.

We'll have to see if Emily reforms or what and what other storms may come along.

Happy hunting,