Monday, December 15, 2014

12/15/14 Report - Proper Respect For History & Religious Artifacts. Deadiest San Fran Shipwreck Found. Barber Dime.

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Barber Dime
Find and photo by Dan B.

This is the first Barber found by Dan B.  

Congratulations Dan!


You might know of Laura Strolia, author and researcher.  I've posted some of her articles before and mentioned her book The Marigalera of the 1715 Fleet.  Here is a new article from Laura that addresses the subject of religious artifacts, such as those from the 1715 wreck sites.  I also once posted an article she wrote about the Pelican of Piety.


Around the bend is the 300th year anniversary of the 1715 fleet disaster, a time when people will stop and reflect on the tragic event that took so many lives.  Stimulating thoughts about history requires stories of the past to be presented in truth and with integrity.  Over the decades the 1715 fleet story has been told with little or no corresponding references and sources.  Names and details have been lost or exaggerated, and assumptions have been made with false or incomplete premises, thus creating the framework for pieces of fiction. 

Recently, a published article about the 1715 fleet named a certain passenger who was on one of the ships, Pedro Colarte y Dowers, the first Marqués del Pedroso.  This nobleman was indeed a successful Flemish merchant and art collector, as stated in this magazine account.  There is, however, a major problem to bring to light.   Pedro Colarte was never on the 1715 fleet because he died in 1701.  The young Colarte moved to the city of Cádiz, Spain, in 1649.  He then married, started a family, and his son, Carlos Francisco, was born in 1654.  He was made a knight of the Spanish Orden de Santiago in 1663, and passed away around the age of 70. 

In another section of this publication, it was said a recently discovered religious reliquary pendant, mistakenly identified as a pyx, was going to the Vatican in 1715.  To make an assumption as this, especially when dealing with religious artifacts that represent the very heart of the Holy Faith, shows a lack of respect and an absence of valid research.  To some it may even reflect ulterior motives associated with dollar signs.

It is worth noting that objects of devotion that have been “blessed” should never be sold, improperly used, or “thrown out.”  They have been solely dedicated for divine veneration or worship to God.  Father William Saunders of Our Lady of Hope Church, Potomac Falls, VA, makes some good points.  “Living in a society where things have become so disposable, we must differentiate from trash those religious objects that have been blessed and dedicated to God for sacred use.  My heart breaks every time I enter an antique store or look on EBay or another website and find a chalice, a reliquary (sometimes still containing a relic), vestments, and other objects that were once used for the holy Mass. …The owners should have tried to find these religious objects a new home in a mission church or disposed of them in the proper way.”

To conclude, written history is not about random words found on paper.  The content should reflect a certain culture while revealing the many material objects of earlier days, thus touching the reader on an intellectual, emotional, or spiritual level.  Our passion should lie in getting the history right for future generations.  Concerning those people who traveled on the fleet, or had any connection or ties to it, shouldn’t we make a conscious effort to keep their memories true to their past existence? – Laura Strolia

Sources:  Brown, Jonathan. Painting in Spain: 1500-1700. New Haven: Yale UP,    1998.
              Moreri, Louis. El gran diccionario historic, o Miscellanea curiosa de la  Historia Sagrada y profana… Paris, 1753.


Here is a Yahoo News article about what has been called the deadliest shipwreck of San Francisco.

In dark waters just outside the Golden Gate Bridge, archaeologists have pinpointed the final resting place of the worst shipwreck in San Francisco's history. 

New sonar maps show for the first time the mud-covered grave of the SS City of Rio de Janeiro, nearly 300 feet (91 meters) below the surface. The steamer sank on Feb. 22, 1901, just before reaching its destination, with 210 people on board, most of them Chinese and Japanese immigrants...

Here is the link for the rest of the article.


On the Treasure Coast we have something like a 2 - 3 foot surf now.  Towards the end of the week it will down around one foot.

Happy hunting,