Sunday, January 10, 2016

1/10/16 Report - More January Treasure Coast Finds. Importance of Adjusting Your Detector Stem. Salvage of CSS Georgia.

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Steve L. said, I love reading your posts and check for new ones daily.  I am new to detecting as of June 2015 but was lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time early December...  I wanted to share my finds with you, six lead balls a full small nail and part of a larger one.  Thanks for all your help and I look forward to more finds in the future.    

Finds and photo by Stever L.
Thanks for sharing Steve.  Nice finds!  You did well to find shipwreck items on the beach so soon after beginning detecting.

There were reports of many musket balls, shot and other lead items being found.


This might seem like a small thing but it can make a big difference.  Adjust the length of your detector stem very carefully.  A lot of new detectorists have the stem too short and as a result their coil is too high off the ground.  An inch or two can make a big difference.  Someone emailed me about this not too long ago.

Also, if your stem is too you very well might tend to lean forward as you try to keep your coil close to the ground.  When you do that you'll get tired much more quickly.

Make the necessary adjustments so that you can maintain good posture and keep the coil as close to the ground as possible.

More frequent adjustments might be necessary when you are working uneven ground or working on a slope.

Take a minute to check your stem length.  You might be surprised how much of a difference it might make.


Here is an excerpt from a story about the salvage of the CSS Georgia, a confederate gunship.

...More than half of the haul retrieved during the $14 million government project, however, was of a much more mundane nature: nuts, bolts, washers, bent iron rails and other material that did not shed any new light on the lives of sailors serving aboard the vessel.
Altogether, 16,697 artifacts weighing a total of 135 tons were returned to a watery grave at the bottom of the Savannah River, said Jim Jobling, project manager for the Conservation Research Laboratory at Texas A&M University, which is tasked with cataloging, cleaning and preserving artifacts from the Civil War shipwreck.
"Anything I considered to be unique, I would say, 'I want this, I want this,'" Jobling said. "I picked through everything. No unique stuff went back in the river."...
I found this article both interesting and telling.
Here is the link for the rest of the article.


Happy hunting,