Monday, January 6, 2014

1/5/14 - USS Westfield, Dahlgren Canon, Pepper Wreck and Mystery Object

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Source: Second link below.
You might have noticed that I posted a new poll on this blog to gather some demographic data.  I was going to do it earlier but waited until the holidays were over.

As you might remember, I posted some age data that I got from Google.  I didn't know exactly how they got that data and therefore didn't know how good it was.


Here is one issue of the Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation News and Reports from the nautical archaeology program of Texas A and M.

Photo of 4 Ton Dahlgren Canon From the USS Westfield
From above linked CMAC report.
This Dalhgren canon is from the USS Westfield, a converted Staten Island Ferry converted for Civil War action and recovered from the Houston shipping channel.  It is one of the things you'll find in the CMAC issue linked above.

Read more about the wreck, canon and project and other projects by using the above link.

And here is the link to another issue of CMAC.

The photo at the top of this post showing the virtual reconstruction of the Pepper wreck, now being studied in Portugal, is one of the things you'll find in this issue.

There are plenty of reasons to browse through the CMAC issues you'll find by using these links.

Despite the cold front coming through, the surfing web sites aren't predicting much surf for Tuesday - only about a four foot surf.

Last week we did have some erosion when the last cold front caused a brisk north wind for a day or so.  It doesn't look like that will happen this time but we'll have to wait and see.

A slightly bigger surf is predicted for Thursday, but not much.  Just a foot or so, taking it up to about five feet.

I'm not expecting any significant improvement in beach detecting conditions this week.

Small Silver Charm

Here is a silver charm marked 925 found on the beach.
The silver is for sure, but I don't know what the chalking stone is, if it is a stone.  Maybe it just appears so chalky because it has deteriorated.  I don't know.

I'd say it is 20th Century.

If you have any idea what substance is in the setting, please let me know.

And don't forget the poll.

Happy hunting,