Saturday, November 3, 2012

11/3/12 Report - Lead Whatzit & Benefit Cookout Day

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John Brooks Friday Afternoon.
Here is an interesting beach feature that you don't see too often.  It is between Frederick Douglas and John Brooks parks. 

It looks pretty much like a creek.   The sand on the ocean side (left) is a like a sand bar that is washing in.  The high tide is breaching that front bar, which I think is about fifty yards wide and very flat, and running down through the gully.  The front (east) side of the bar is pretty steep and also mushy.

There were a lot of nice shells from here south, if you like to collect shells.

The lead shown below was dug on a wreck beach.  It is made of lead and is a length of about nine inches.  It is broken though at both ends, and was at one time longer.  I don't have any idea how long it was originally.  

It is now partly broken near the middle and bent in the V shape.  I don't know if it was originally straight or was curved some.

The top surface, is curved with small holes that go completely through, like it was nailed to something - probably to fill a corner.

Lead Whatzit Dug on Treasure Coast Wreck Beach A Few Days Ago
On the back (surface not shown) the strip is V shaped (close to 90 degrees).  It looks like it might have fit into a corner - maybe used something like caulking.

I don't know if it is old or not.  I think a little old because who would use lead for caulking today.  Possibly very old.  I don't know.

If you have an ideas on the use of age of this item, please let me know.

I dug a heavily corroded horse shoe at the beach yesterday.

It seems that sand is building on the beaches right now.

If you read this in the morning, send me some of your favorite pics from the cookout.

If you didn't read yesterday, I had to scrap the blog poll.  It wasn't logging votes correctly.

Seventy years after it was intentionally sunk near the Channel Islands, archaeologists have found the remains of a rare five-masted Pacific Coast schooner, the Billings, that was used in the lumber trade in the early 20th Century.

Here is the link to that story

Nothing much going on in the Atlantic.  The swells are down around two feet around the Treasure Coast.  That won't change much this week.   Around Wednesday it will be a little calmer.

Low tide this afternoon is between 5 and 6 PM.

The tides are after about two weeks finally getting a little lower.

A lot of you will be at the cookout this afternoon.  Have fun and send me your favorite photos.

Happy hunting,