Monday, August 8, 2016

8/8/16 Report - Nice Old Button Find. Looking Back At The 2004 Beach and Salvage Season. Smooth Surf Ahead.

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I read that the C. Kenyon Company was incorporated by Clarence Kenyon in 1884. The manufacturing facility was at 57th St. and First Ave. in Brooklyn.

Can anyone add anything about this button?
I have a correction on what I posted about the ring I showed yesterday. The arrow is not pointing to exactly the right place. The letters are actually back from the hands, more near the wrist area.


I often say there is always some where to hunt and something to find.  A lot of beach hunters only hunt the beach, so when beach conditions are not good, as has been the case most of this year, they don't find much.  Remember that when the sand moves, it is building one place but it is coming from some place else.  Find where the the sand is leaving.  There are also good times to look around inland waterways or do some land hunting.  It is always good to be flexible and adapt.

Don't forget that there is inland erosion too.  Heavy rains erode streams, paths and hillsides.  It really doesn't take a lot of erosion to uncover old targets that were not in reach before.

I can't wait to get back up north to hunt an old trail that I've hunted a lot in the past.  I've hunted that area well before and found things including arrow heads, old coins and 1800s artifacts as well as more modern things such as a 1940s class ring.  I'm sure that the recent heavy rains will result in erosion to the old trail, the creek bed and the hillsides, and more good old targets will be found.

When beach hunting is best, the water is too rough for diving.  We normally can't see what is going on in the water when the beaches are eroding.

Back in 2004 (the year of hurricanes Jeanne and Francis) when the beach hunters were doing very well, the salvage divers didn't get in many good hunting days.  We don't know if things were uncovered in the water when things were appearing on the beach.  I suspect that there were some areas where treasure was exposed in the water, but nobody knows for sure.

2004 was a bad year for me. There was death in the family, another life threatening illness, then we had the back-to-back hurricanes that produced a lot of damage, and more. It is hard to believe all of that was 12 years ago.

A lot of beach finds were made that year, but I didn't even get to hunt.  I don't feel much like hunting when so many people are having so much trouble and there are more serious things to tend to. Anyhow, I missed some of the best hunting, and would do the same thing again.

As you probably know, beach hunters did very well after hurricanes Jeanne and Francis.  It is estimated that a half million dollars in treasure coins were found on the beaches as well as a variety of other nice shipwreck treasure finds.

For the salvage divers, the hurricanes didn't provide the same bonanza.  They didn't get out much that year because of the rough weather. That was one year when the beach hunters did as well or better than the salvage divers.  Yet some of the divers did very well working the beach.

Below is a little of a Florida Today article sent to me by Darrel Strickland.

Thanks for the clipping Darrel!


There is a lot of good TV anymore.  Recently I've been checking out the Viceland channel, and although they tend to have a somewhat predictable slant, they show some very informative things that I have never seen any where else.  Just the other day I saw an eye-opening episode of a series on immigration called Deportee Purgatory.  I highly recommend the series if you want to get a broader and more informed view.


I have a lot to present for the next few days.  We'll get to it.

Now there is only one weather system of interest.  Earl disappeared as did the one that fell apart over North Florida.

The remaining system is to the east of us and probably won't affect us.  Expect more calm surf.

Happy hunting,