Saturday, August 18, 2012

8/18/12 Report - Comments on Anchor Find

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Salvage Boats on Nieves Site Thursday

It has been in the papers and it has been on the news.  It seems like it has been everywhere and is the most talked about treasure story of the Treasure Coast this week.  You've probably already heard about it - the anchor found in the ocean near Dollman Beach.

It hasn't been identified yet, in fact as far as I know it hasn't been excavated yet.  A firefighter and his kids were snorkeling and there it was - at least a piece of it.  The entire anchor might be there, but all they reported seeing is part of it sticking out of the sand.

I always say when the sand is building one place it is coming from someplace else.  It appears that after hiding for years and years, this anchor was finally uncovered.

Actually it could have been in plain view for a long time because it was found in one of those areas that is NOT typically hunted and hunted and hunted, like the Nieves site that had four dive boats working on it this week. 

You might remember one of the more remarkable finds on the Nieves site in recent years, the gold pelican monstrance.  (See

But the recent anchor find is not in one of those hot spots of activity.  And that isn't surprising to me.  If it was, it might have been found before.   And there is a possibility that it was, but just wasn't brought into the center of attention.

I know that a lot of you when you read "shipwreck" will automatically think "Spanish treasure galleon," but most shipwrecks are not.  Take a look at this map of Florida shipwrecks.  They're all over the place, but most aren't treasure galleons.

Take a look at this Florida shipwreck map

Bill F., speaking of the anchor find, wrote in to say,  This is just 1/4 mile from where the "America" wrecked in the late 1800's. I found the keel for that wreck after the last hurricane, 1/4 mile north of the anchor. This find was verified by Tommy Gore.

Sure, it's possible it's from another wreck, but it's a strong coincidence. It's also in what appears to be S-25, a leased area from Fisher.

Thanks for the info Bill.

As you should know anyhow, historical items in state waters are the property of the State.

There is another beach several miles south of that where shipwreck spikes and rods were being found recently.

Like I always say, there is always someplace to hunt and something to be found.

Despite one or two eroded areas along the Treasure Coast, overall conditions for finding old shipwreck cobs remain poor.  

The wind is still from the west and the seas calm.  Low tide this afternoon will be just after 3 PM.

One tropical wave over by Africa has a 40% chance of becoming a cyclone, while Gordon heads east towards Spain. 

Happy hunting,