Monday, November 11, 2013

10/11/13 Report - Veteran's Day, Early St. Lucie County Settlement Finds & More Surf Coming

Written by the TreasureGuide for the exclusive use of

Thanks to all the Veterans.

The Wooden Minesweeper My Departed Father Crossed Both Oceans On As a Teenager During WW II.
Their motto:  Where the fleet goes, we have been.

Stoneware Ink Bottle & Bone Handle Knife
Photo and Finds by Kenneth H.

Before the beach got stirred up I posted part of an email from Kenneth H. in which he told us about his experiences at early St. Lucie settlement sites.

Here is a photo of one of his finds and what he said about them.

... out of the dump came three complete stoneware items. 1) the ink w/ bone-handled pocket knife fused to its side by what appears to be pitch (pine tar) for sealing roofs and boats. The second two items, not photographed was a shallow, round cold cream-like container complete with a cover. The third item was a stoneware ale, beer or ginger-beer type of a bottle with "1848" molded into the side near its base.

Here is some more from Kenneth that you'll find interesting.

...2014 marks the 45th year I have hunted the treasure coast. I recall the old restaurant north of the inlet with a single food bar. Wagner's Spanish relics, swords and such were mounted on the wall behind the cook. Saw it first in 1969 when it was free to camp anywhere along the inlet, and we did just that. Wish it could have been kept that way and wish beach development never happened between Vero & Sebastian. Once upon a time, it was all so beautiful and the beaches were quite isolated.

Thanks for sharing Kenneth.

As eager as we are on the Treasure Coast to see a little storm activity, we need to remember how devastating storms can be.   Here is a link to a story and some photos of the super storm that hit the Philippines.

Here are some of the highlights of the most recently completed SedwickCoins auction from receive via email from

* Part II of the New England Collection of Brazilian gold coins, its key piece being a 1750 Bahia 3200 Reis that sold for a record price of $49,938.

* Over a dozen round "Royal" cobs that sold for as much as 5 figures each, plus an 8-reales "Heart" that sold for $56,400, the first of several lots that rallied a round of applause from the attendees.

* A fantastic showing in gold cobs with strong prices for high-quality Mexico and Lima pieces, including a 1703 Lima 8 escudos that sold for $47,000.

* A complete sellout in shipwreck ingots, coins and artifacts, featuring a bronze cannon that sold for $49,938, a gold rosary that sold for $71,700, and a gold "dragon whistle" (Captain's badge of office) that sold for $49,938.

* The largest-ever single offering of silver coins from colonial Santo Domingo, which saw an unprecedented level of participation from serious numismatists with multiple decades of experience and knowledge.

Please don't write and ask me where you should go or where things are being found.  I tell you as much as I can in this blog without being unfair to others.  There are several things that I don't want to happen. For one thing, I don't want everyone running out to the same beach.   i was told one time after mentioning a beach, that it looked like I-95 because there were so many detectorists running up and down it.

Another thing is I don't want to be unfair to those who found sites on their own.   Third, I don't know all the sites where things are being found anyhow, and I wouldn't want to send you one place when there might be others that are better.  And fourth, I don't want to take ALL of the challenge of the hunt out of it for you.

I give you a lot of information and clues.  Use them to the max.  Read carefully, use your head, and make a your best effort.   But you have to put it together and make it happen yourself, othewise you won't get the full satisfaction of success.  There are a few who lucked out early, but most o fus had to work for a while before we had any success.  That is the way it usually is.

It is now time to take advantage of the decreasing surf.  You'll be able to work farther down at low tide.  If you've already worked the main treasure beaches, think about looking around, working the secondary sites or the border areas.

The surf is decreasing for a couple of days, but increasing again Wednesday and up to seven feet again Thursday, if the predictions are correct.  That is as high as last week when the beaches starte to produce.  So it is possible we will have a repeat.  Of course it is also possible that it won't work out as well, depending upon other factors, such as the direction of wind and waves.

Another thing to notice in the predictions is there will be another decrease in the surf after Thursday, but then another increase up to seven feet again in a few more days.  Again, that is if the predictions are correct.

We've already had a nice period of higher surf and these predictions for repeated high surf is encouraging.  There could be a cumulative effect.

Happy hunting,