Thursday, June 7, 2012

6/7/12 Report - Concrete Floats, Drowned Plane & Club Hunt

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Concrete Dock Floats From Japan to Oregon!

This is an AP story that is widely circulating today.  It appears that this 66 foot concrete dock from Japan washed up on a beach in Oregon.  No one knows for sure, but it seems that it washed over from Japan as a result of the tsunami.

As you know, I am always interested in how things are moved by waves and currents and how things end up on a beach.  This case illustrates something that I've talked about a few times.  Weight is not the primary factor.  This dock is certainly heavier than most objects, but not heavier than an ocean liner.

The story states that this dock is supposed to float.  That makes the story less remarkable, but no less illustrative.  I presume that it is hollow.  Instead of one large hollow area inside, I suppose they could have made it very porous, containing many smaller hollow areas.

Anyhow, here is the link to the story.

You might remember a recent post about a WWII plane found in deep water off the coast of Jupiter.  According to the May 24, 2012 post in the following referenced naval history blog  the Naval History and Heritage Command’s Underwater Archaeology Branch, the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command and the U.S. Navy Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit TWO has recently been on site to identify the plane and to map and document the wreck.

Here is the link for more details and pictures.  There are more recent posts in that blog, so you'll want to scroll down to find this story.

As is often the case, a local fellow made the original find and then contacted the navy.  He isn't named in the blog but is referred to as a local dive charter operator.  It seems to me he deserves to be credited, but maybe it was his choice to not be named.

The St. Lucie Metal Detecting Club is about one year old now.  Can you believe it?

I received an email from Bernie (founder of the club) which says the following.

Our next club meeting will be at 6:00pm July 14th 2012.

The meeting will be held at my house. Bring Your Favorite Beverage. I think we'll order out again, it seemed to work well at the last meeting. Maybe we'll do wings or subs this time.

Our June hunt is scheduled for Saturday June 23rd. We will be doing some hunting at the St Lucie Inlet Beach, we will meet at Bathtub Reef in Stuart and park our cars there. It's about a 2 mile walk to the inlet. Be sure to bring plenty to drink, sunscreen & bug repellent. Who ever doesn't make the long walk can search the Bathtub Beach area there's always some recent drops in that area. Be sure to get there early to get a parking space...

Thanks for all of your efforts Benie. 

For more information contact Bernie at

The wind is from the south and the seas around one to two feet.  This weekend the seas will be even more calm.   So beach conditions haven't changed lately and probably won't for some time.

It is hot and humid out there. Be prepared for occasional showers. 

Happy hunting,