Friday, December 23, 2011

12/23/11 Report - Shipwreck For Sale & Some Precautions

Written by the TreasureGuide for the exclusive use of

Artifacts From a 1700 Era British War Ship

For $150,000 you can buy 1000 artifacts, including those shown above, from a 1700s era British warship.  Many of the artifacts are still encrusted.   Included are cannons, lead hull patches, hooks, spikes, cannon balls, and many unidentified pieces. 

I mention this because there are many photos like the one above with the listing.  It is worth taking a look at.   Also, a little of the story behind the salvage operation is also included. 

The eBay item number is 150723042289 if you want to take a look.

33 Carat Diamond Ring.

This is 33 carat diamond ring sold for $8.8 million.  Below is the link to the story.

Big diamonds always look good in a sand scoop.

A few days ago I published a post on diamond rings.

A long time ago I did a post on how some people will try to claim items that they didn't lose and don't belong to them.   I also described precautions to take to avoid that.

Never show found items until you have time to inspect the item for details, including inscriptions or markings. 

If hunting an item for someone, make sure to get a good detailed description including any inscriptions or other less obvious identifying details.  

There are people that will try to claim an item that is not theirs.   There are also times when they might have lost something but not the particular thing you found, and they'll try to claim it.

On the other hand, I also know of cases when a person lost a valuable item but denied it when they were contacted and told the item was found.   That might seem strange, but evidently there were circumstances pertaining to the item or loss that they didn't want revealed.   If you think about it you might be able to come up with a few reasons why that might happen.  I can.

But back to the people who will try to claim items that do not belong to them.   If you are asked to hunt for a lost item, always get a very detailed description before hunting.  And I do mean always, and I do mean detailed.  As I said, people will try to claim other items that you find.  I've seen it more than once.

And do not show found items until you have inspected them for details such as inscriptions or other identifying marks.  You want to be sure to return the item to the rightful owner.

When hunting in the water and there are a lot of people around, once you lift your scoop, shake it vigorously (short quick strokes) before putting your hand in the scoop to remove the item by feel.  Remove the item before lifting the scoop all the way out of the water.  When you shake the scoop full of sand, that will create a cloud of sand that will conceal the item until you can stick your hand in the scoop, remove the item and pocket it until you get a chance to inspect it privately.

If the surf web site predictions are correct, it looks like we'll have calms seas for a week or so.
Of course that means that beach conditions will not improve.  It may however give you a chance to do some water hunting (the first time for a while) if you are in an area where that is allowed.
It will also give you a chance to get out a little further in the low tide zone.

Happy hunting,