Friday, November 18, 2011

11/18/11 Report - Medallion, Belaying Pins, and Condition Watch

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Medallion Excavated at Jamestown.

Looks like something you might immediately discard as child's play.

The excavation at Jamestown has yielded over a million artifacts including this medallion, which some think represents the father of Pocahantas.

The article reports that they have discovered the church and the spot where Pocahantas was baptized and where she married John Rolfe. Interesting story. Seems fanciful to me.

Here is the link.

This Saturday, the 19th, is the November St. Lucie metal detecting club hunt at Bonsteel park which will begin at 7:30 am.

Contact Bernie at for information.

You might very well have wondered how the clump shown in my blog photo yesterday was identified as a pair of scissors. Well equipped conservation labs have access to S-ray, MRI and other technologies.

Belaying pins have been used on sailing vessels for hundreds if not thousands of years. I was wondering why I've never heard of any being found on any of the treasure wrecks around the Treasure Coast. A single galleon might have employed over a hundred belaying pins.

Although some ships used brass or bronze belaying pins, some were made of wood. The answer to my question must be that those on the Spanish shipwrecks of the 17th and 18the centuries must have been mostly wood. Otherwise I would think that they would be more often found.

If you don't know what a belaying pin is, they were used to secure lines from the riggings. You might be more familiar with those used by pirates as clubs.

Here are a bunch of pictures of belaying pins.,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=ac2da4d7a20b2719&biw=1027&bih=565

If you can tell me about a belaying pin being found on any of the treasure ships of the Treasure Coast, I'd like to hear about it.

The wind picked up Thursday night and seemed to come from a direction favorable for erosion. It was coming almost directly from the north for a little while, and is predicted to come from the northeast for a while. We'll see.

I checked a few spots this morning. There are a few little scallops and cuts. Small though, and didn't look like they would be productive. Not much has happened yet.

The past couple of days there was a lot of filling on the front beaches and what little erosion that did occur, so far is only eating a little into that recently accumulated sand.

You'll see a lot of recently accumlated sea weed, shells, sand and junk on some of the front beaches at this point.

The swells are coming too much from the east right now.

You might be able to find a few spots where there wasn't too much recent accumulation. That is what I would look for right now.

I can't upgrade my beach conditions rating yet.

There is some aluminum and other junk to be found along with layers of shells on some front beaches.

It shouldn't take long to know if this is going to improve conditions or be a big disappointment. The wind is continuing at 25 or thirty knots.

Tomorrow morning should tell the story.

Happy hunting,