Saturday, November 23, 2013

11/23/12 Report - NewPoll, Beach Conditions, and Research Using Old Postcards

Written by the Treasureguide for the exclusive use of

Fort Pierce Beach in the 1940s.
First off, I know there were a good number of cobs or treasure coins found this month, but I'd like to get a better idea of just how many were found and how it compares to other times when cobs were found such as after tropical storm Sandy.  In order to start collecting that information, I posted a new poll on this blog.  You'll find it to the upper left of the main page. 

I kept this poll simple, but will post additional polls in the future to help get additional details.  For example, in the future I'll ask about the denominations that were found and things like that.

I know that there are many who were happy with their finds and others who were disappointed or frustrated.  This will help everyone put it all into perspective.  It isn't easy.  There is a lot of timing to it and even some luck.

Thanks for your participation.

It has been very worthwhile keeping up with the tide charts lately.  There has been a lot of variation in the surf, with a 2 -3 foot surf being repeatedly interrupted by a 6 or 7 foot surf.  That is really good information that gives a good idea about the times when the beaches might improve.  Of course, another important factor is wind direction.

Generally, but not always, a six or higher foot surf gives a decent chance of beach improvement, depending upon other factors.   A smaller surf can also cause improvement in beach detecting conditions, but much less frequently and only if other conditions are very good.   Usually though, it does take at least a six foot surf.   An eight foot surf or higher additionally increases the probability of improved beach conditions.

You can save a lot of wasted trips by watching the surf heights and wind speed and direction.

Watch the tide charts also.  Learn to use those factors to time and strategize your detecting trips.

Fox Business will interview Kim Fisher live on Monday November 25th during the 10 o'clock hour.  Undoubtedly he'll be talking some about the Atocha and Margarita as well as the business side of treasure hunting.

I often get emails about 35 mm shell casings found along the Treasure Coast.   Those are relatively common finds, as are other WW II items such as dog tags.  Numerous dog tags have been found in the past south of the Fort Pierce inlet.

Another Old Fort Pierce Post Card.
At the top of this post is shown a picture post card of military training activities on a Fort Pierce beach back during WW II. 

Many of you know that a lot of military training took part there, but if you want to do some research, one resource is old picture postcards like the one shown above and the one shown here.

This one is a 1940s era Fort Pierce post card.   Notice the dock and boats in the foreground.  Little remains of that dock now.  

Old postcards provide one way of getting a look at the past.  And they can help you find some interesting detecting sites.

Happy hunting,