Sunday, June 15, 2014

6/15/14 Report - Capitana Crew Strikes Again, More Finds - Sword Hilt & Silver Plate & Important Tip For Storing Finds

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Encrusted Sword Hilt Salvaged by Capitana Crew
Photo submitted by Captain Martinez

I showed a number of great finds made by the crew of the Capitana yesterday.  That wasn't the end of it though.  They are making finds day after day.  Captain Martinez send me another email yesterday.

Captain Martinez said, The Capitana boys are on fire!   Just sent in pics a day ago and yesterday hit again with a silver intact full plate. And an encrusted sword handle with hilt. FYI 3 days 3 different spots over a stretch of a mile. So for those who think these wrecks have been picked clean. Lol these wrecks will produce treasure for hundreds of years to come. Thanks for all the support and will keep the pics coming. 

It has been nearly 300 years since the 1715 Fleet sank along the shores of the Treasure Coast, and the residents of the Treasure Coast have been hunting and finding treasure coins on the Treasure Coast beaches for over fifty years now.  Of course there were also those who found shipwreck treasures on the Treasure Coast centuries ago, including Native Americans, Spanish salvors and even pirates and privateers.  There is a long unbroken tradition that continues on the Treasure Coast today.

Silver Plate Salvaged by Capitana Crew
Photo submitted by Captain Martinez
For any treasure hunter, there are those long dry spells.  Maybe they aren't as long as they seem, but they do happen.  With hard work and patience, eventually treasure emerges.   It might come in the form of a crusty lump or a pile of sparkling gold.

The salvage crews have their season.  They primarily work the Treasure Coast during the smooth waters of summer.  Beach hunters have another season.  Their season is Fall to Spring when the seas get rough and sand gets cut from the beach.  And occasionally when there is a big storm during the summer.

I often say there is always some place to hunt and something to find.  Sometimes it is in the water, sometimes it is on the beach, and sometimes it is inland.

The sand keeps moving.  It moves from one place to another.  That is what we watch.  The endless movement of the sands of time.

The salvage crews use their blowers to move the sand.  On the beach, hunters have to wait for Mother Nature to move the sand.

As the sand moves from one place to another, things are uncovered.  The trick is to watch for those windows of opportunity and to be at the right place at the right time.

It has been over five decades now that treasure hunters have been working the Treasure Coast, and treasure is still being found.  As Captain Jonah said, the Treasure Coast wrecks will produce treasure for hundreds of years to come.

One thing that I haven't talked much about that is worth discussing is storage of finds.  We all know that some finds have to be cleaned and some need to be conserved, but all finds need to be stored, either for hours or days or years.

One thing you should NOT do is throw various metals in a pile together.  Different metals will leach onto each other.  It doesn't take real long.  And it happens in dry storage.

If you let different metals touch in storage they will leach and discolor.  Silver seems to be especially vulnerable.

You don't have to worry much about gold or platinum, but be careful about storing less noble metals together.

Three Pieces of Silver Jewelry Discolored
By Touching Other Metals.

This picture shows there pieces of silver jewelry that were discolored by being stored touching other metals.

On the bottom ring you can see where two different metals were touching.  One left a white discoloration and the other a rust colored discoloration.

It is best to store finds individually wrapped.  Junk metal finds are the worst villain.

Coin holders are excellent for coins and other small finds.

Labeling can also be a big help, as well as organization for easily locating items when you want them.

On the Treasure Coast the tides are nice and high. The surf is going to be just a touch higher Monday and Tuesday but back down again after that.

No significant change in beach detecting conditions.

Happy Father's Day,