Sunday, December 1, 2013

12/1/13 Report - Submersible Robot, Comparing and Contrasting Sandy and This November & Warners Safe Bottles

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Turtle-Like Shipwreck Robot
Photo from article linked below.
The recently concluded blog poll was very informative.  It gave us a very good idea of how many people found cobs or treasure coins and allowed comparison with other periods when cobs or treasure coins were found.

I just added a new poll to the blog to find out what types of things were found.  Thanks for your participation, which will significantly add to the overall body of knowledge of beach detecting.

I've thought a little more about the comparisons between Sandy and Nov. 2013.   They were very similar in some ways and very different in others.

One striking similarity was that exactly the same number of people reported finding cobs or treasure coins for both Sandy and this November - 15 for each.  The number of respondents for the Sandy poll was only 90, while the sample size for November was 100.   That could make a little difference, but still about the same number of people reportedly found cobs or treasure coins.  (I had a three beach conditions rating on both as the highest predominant rating.)

The water during Sandy came up very high on the beach - back up over most of the flat beach and near or to the foot of the dunes.  This November, in contrast, the water never got near that far back.

During Sandy the erosion was farther back on the beach but the producing cuts were not as big.  I believe the cobs found during Sandy came from a greater number of beaches.

The number of cobs found during Sandy was pretty high considering the relative lack of erosion.

This November I believe fewer beaches produced, but those that did produce, produced greater concentrations.  And the cobs were more closely associated with cuts than during Sandy.

I've learned some things from that.   The beaches don't always show outstanding cuts when they are producing.  High water can do the job even when the beaches are not nicely cut.

It appears to me that high water conditions without big cutting produces cobs that are more spread over a larger area than the clusters that are produced near cuts when the cuts are bigger and closer to the front of the beach.  I'll be sure to observe and test those theories in the future.

Here is an article about a nice little submersible robot for studying shipwrecks.  (See photo above.)

If you dig bottles, here is one more little tip that will help determine how old your bottle is.  The tip comes from Kovels Komments.

A very rare Warner's Safe Diabetes Cure bottle from Pressburg (Bratislava, Slovakia) has sold on eBay for $8,735. It was made for only a few years, 1888 to 1890. (See Bottles and Extras magazine, November-December 2013). Warner's Safe Cure medicine bottles are popular with collectors, and there are dozens of variations. I have a few Warner's bottles and a large, very odd poster that shows a Warner's Safe Kidney and Liver Cure box and a mermaid on a buoy near a sinking ship. The words on the poster say, "We guarantee safety by taking the right channel." A common Warner's Safe Cure bottle sells for as little as $35 to $200. The Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 required truth in labeling, and the word "cure" on bottles was replaced by "remedy." So "cure" bottles are over 100 years old.

I hope your Thanksgiving went well.  Only one more month to go this year.  Can you believe it?   It seems like just a few days ago I had to get used to writing 2013.

The wind has been blowing pretty good.  I'll have to get out to the beach soon to see what if anything is going on.

Today on the Treasure Coast we're supposed to have something like a 3 - 5 foot surf.  Yesterday it was a touch higher.  The surf is supposed to decrease steadily until next weekend until it is down around two feet.

Happy hunting,