Tuesday, January 24, 2012

1/24/12 Report - HMS General Hunter & Mystery Obect for ID

Written by the TreasureGuide for the exclusive use of treasurebeachesreport.blogspot.com.

The Wreck of the HMS General Hunter.

The General Hunter was a brig launched in 1806 that was involved in the Battle of Lake Erie.

Here is the link to that story.


Do you know happens to United States coins that are no longer fit for circulation? According to the US Mint web site, Those coins are classified as "uncurrent" or mutilated. Mutilated coins are coins that are chipped, fused, and not machine countable. Mutilated coins are only redeemable through the United States Mint.

Uncurrent coins are coins that are worn yet recognizable as to genuineness and denomination, and are machine countable. Uncurrent coins are redeemed by the Federal Reserve Banks, then forwarded to the Mint for disposition.

All uncurrent or mutilated coins received by the Mint are melted, and the metal is shipped to a fabricator to be used in the manufacture of coinage strips.

I'd like to know how many coins detectorists return to circulation.

Whatzit Found by John G. Photo submitted by Bernie C.

Someone should know what this is. I don't, but it looks like something that shouldn't be that hard to ID if you've seen one before.

It is six to seven inches long. The one piece in the middle looks like it is made to rotate.

Email me if you know what it is.

Looking at the Treasure Coast beaches, there are a lot of places where there are hundreds of yards of sand in front of where the beach was a number of years ago. I think that is true in most places, including, of course, some places where new sand was recently dumped.

Beach renourishment affects more than the immediate area where the sand was dumped. Sand travels along the beach for some distance.

From personal observation of the Treasure Coast beaches, long-term periods of accretion or erosion affects detecting conditions for a longer period than you might expect. After a period of years of erosion, a beach will remain more productive for years through various cycles of short term accretion and erosion.

It can take many cycles of short term trends to overcome the affect of the longer-term trends. The productivity of a beach that has hundreds of yards of accumulated sand that piled up over years won't be affected nearly as much by the daily or weekly cycles of accretion and erosion.

The wind is now from the southeast and the seas relatively calm. The surf web sites are predicting around three foot seas for a few days.

It looks like we might get increased seas by the weekend. Until then, conditions will remain poor.

Happy hunting,