Monday, June 10, 2013

6/10/13 Report - Recent Treasure Coast Finds: From the Age of Spanish Galleons to the Space Shuttle

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Nice Example of Found Olive Jar Rim
Find and photo by William M.
I used to frequently say that when beach conditions are not right for finding one type of thing, they will be right for finding something else.  My own experience along with the types of things that other people have been finding, says a lot about current beach conditions and what types of thing you can expect to find on our beaches now.

As you probably know, a few days ago, I issued a beach conditions upgrade.  Conditions were better for finding cobs but have deteriorated since.

I showed a couple found cobs in recent posts.

The conditions upgrade was due to some quick heavy winds  from the southeast that eroded a few beaches, along with some good high and low tides, which combined which pushed sand and recently churned lighter materials up onto the beach.  It was a combination of factors that made these older materials available on our beach fronts recently, first the cobs during the erosion phase and then the lighter materials during the rebuilding phase.

Above is a very nice olive jar rim found by William M.  You'll find olive jar rims being sold.  They bring a nice price - not that that is the important thing.  It is especially nice when they bear markings.

Of the olive jar rim, Willam said, Found today (Sunday) on a 1715 fleet beach while working just below one of those secondary cuts that are a bit lower on the beach. The target appears to be a section of iron spike..this (olive jar rim) was in the bottom of the hole about six inches deep.

Congratulations on the nice find William!

That illustrates another point.  William was digging iron when he found this.  If he simply discriminated out the iron, he would not have found this olive jar rim, which was buried a few inches deep.

Watch for items in a hole when you are digging.  Other interesting things can be found that way.  And remember, not all good finds are metallic.

Space Junk Found
Find and photo by Philip I.
One of my favorite finds is a wax seal that managed to survive in a beach environment for over 300 years with the debossed design intact.

Another reader, Philip I., sent in photos of space junk that he found.

Here is what Philip said, Talked to a retired NASA engineer on the beach and showed him these pieces. He was sure they are from the Columbia and are aircraft aluminum. He also said that titanium cannot be scratched with a knife and did not get hot enough to melt. Found this interesting and wanted to pass this on.

Nice find Philip!  Thanks for sharing.

If you've been reading this blog very long, in the past I've talked about space junk finds on the Treasure Coast.  I've also given tips on testing titanium.

I think one very useful thing that many people overlook in this blog is the search box on the first page.  You'll find it at the upper left of the first page of the blog.  Type in whatever key words you want and you'll be able to view past posts that mention that subject.  In this case, try "titanium."  You might be surprised at all the useful information you can find that way.

I also found some titanium space junk this weekend - over fifty miles away at another beach on the Treasure Coast.

That is the way it works,  When beach conditions are right, you'll often find the same type of targets all along the Treasure Coast.  There will be differences at some beaches, at course, but there are usually similarities along the Treasure Coast beaches.

Note that people have been finding things from the era of Spanish Galleons to the era of the space shuttle.  That is quite a range.

Speaking of finds and what we can learn by sharing, there are only a few hours remaining for you to enter your answers to the blog poll.  I hope you'll do that.  It helps us all learn.

I've been slowed down a little lately by a minor foot injury that I'm trying to go easy on so it will heal.

It really helps me and this blog when people share their finds and send in photos and information.

Happy hunting,