Sunday, October 6, 2013

10/6/13 Report - Karen To Skirt Florida Panhandle, Shipwreck Spikes & More

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National Hurricane Center Map 

Here is the projected track for Karen, now a tropical depression not a hurricane.

Her track east along the Gulf Coast might push high water onshore.  If that happens it could make for some good beach hunting at some of the Florida Panhandle locations including the Destin area where Honeymoon State Park is located.  I mentioned not too long ago that that park is one of the most visited state parks in Florida.

Some of the guys up that way write in occasionally.  Let me know what happens.  I'd like to see pictures of erosion and finds.

Some of you from the Treasure Coast of the West Coast of Florida who take day trips might consider checking that out too.  I always liked hunting the Panhandle area beaches when I was up that way.

On the Treasure Coast we still have very little surf and aren't getting any effects from Karen.  The surf will pick up a little, but not much, according to the predictions, around the middle of next week.

Karen probably won't survive, but could possibly cross the state and come out in the Atlantic.  I doubt it though.

Find and Photo
Submitted by William M.

It seems William is on quite a hot streak.

Two lessons are illustrated.  First, even when overall conditions are poor, there can be isolated spots that are producing.

And second, don't give up too quickly on an area that is producing.

I suspect that Karen, will create some good spots along the Gulf Coast, but it depends upon how the waves hit the beach, and it will hit the beach differently at different places.  The beach up there has a lot of curves to it, and one place will get new sand while another loses.

I used to always say, when sand is building one place, it is leaving another.  I usually tried to find the place it was leaving.

One way I put that is, "Follow the sand but don't catch it."  In others words stay behind it.   Trace back to where ever it is coming from.

 Sometimes the place the sand is coming from won't be accessible.  Perhaps from deep water.

Nice looking spike William!  Congrats.

Here is a great photo of a very nice collection of spikes submitted by Ken D. and posted back in my 5/5/13 post.

Photo Submitted by Ken D.

Notice the one towards the top just right of center where my arrow points.  It appears to be similar to the spike found by William M.
That is a really nice collection showing quite a variety of spikes, nails and tacks.  Thanks again Ken!

One thing to remember is that not all shipwrecks are treasure ships and there are wrecks from nearly every age period out there.

One Treasure Coast location where a lot of spikes have been found seems to be from a wreck or wrecks that are considerably later than the 1715 wrecks.

Here is the link to the post originally showing Ken's photo.

10K Signet Ring Beach Find.

Bernie C. says the October meeting for the St. Lucie Metal Detecting Club has been canceled.   Let him know if you want to get a hunt together or anything.

Occasionally you'll find a signet ring that doesn't have any initials on it.  Here is one of those.

If you hunt long enough, you'll find a lot of duplicates of more common ring designs.

Two very common ones are the lion head with stones in the openings for the mouth and eyes and the band with what appears to be screw heads spaced along it.  I think the later are probably one of the most common.  Those were so common that some people have found quite a few of those.  And of course, bands are very common, as are class rings.

Of the watches, those Gucci watches with the replaceable color plastic bands that go around the face are very common beach finds.

Happy hunting,