Monday, October 5, 2015

10/5/15 Report - A Brief History of The 1715 Salvage Camp. Emanuel Point Shipwreck. Treasure Coast Conditions and Finds.

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Shell Pile Seen On One Treasure Coast Beach This Morning.
Most of the beaches weren't like the one shown above.  Most have not changed much over the past few days.  The waves have been hitting straight on for days now.  We didn't get anything to change the angles, and there were very few cuts of any significance.  Like I said the other day, I did find one good cut, but it wasn't on any of the treasure beaches.

The shell pile contained a lot of little aluminum, a few fossil pieces and a few other things.  One fairly large piece of copper sheathing was found.

Part of Copper Sheathing Found by Joan T.
Photo by Joan T.
The waves looked smaller than what was predicted.  They were much smaller than they were a few days ago.

The cut that I spoke of a couple of days ago moved south once again, but this time it started to fill in.  Rocks that were exposed are now buried again.

Rocks Exposed Last Week.
Notice the sand bar on the front of the beach to the east of the rocks.  As I said, the rocks are now covered again.

Joaquin is still a hurricane but far north of us.

There is one other tropical disturbance about half way over towards Africa.

The surf is supposed to increase a bit tomorrow - up to about seven feet - and start decreasing slowly Wednesday.

The wind this morning was off-shore.  It is supposed to switch later Tuesday.  Then it will be northwest and north for the next day or so.

I'm not really expecting much improvement in beach conditions any time this week.  Hopefully I'm wrong.


A 300-foot strip of sandy beach and dunes between Vero Beach and Sebastian Inlet will immortalize forever the story of the Plate Fleet wreck of 1715, thanks to the generosity of Robert McLarty of Vero Beach and Atlanta, Georgia, who has recently deeded a portion of the former campsite of the Spanish survivors and salvors of the Fleet to the State of Florida for a park and museum. Where 250 years ago nearly 1,500 terror-stricken survivors gathered following the destruction of their fleet in a violent hurricane and sought to...

That is the beginning of a good concise history of the Spanish salvage camp site.  It is about 30 pages.  You might want to take a look.

The Spanish Camp Site and the 1715 Plate Fleet Wreck By MARION CLAYTON LINK, as published in Tequesta, 1966, no. 26, p. 21.


Here is another good read.



Happy hunting,