Wednesday, September 14, 2016

9/14/16 Report - Tropical Storm Julia. HMS Terror Found. Spanish Colonial Lives. Coin Machines Installed at Segovia.

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The Atlantic is lighting up again.  We now have two tropical storms and a tropical depression.

Ian will stay out in the Atlantic.  Julia formed over North Florida and will follow the coast to the north.  We're on the wrong side of Julia to get anything but a southerly wind and some rain.

North Florida got some wind.

Tropical Depression Twelve is heading west but is still over by Africa.

Despite all of the action, I'm not expecting any change in beach conditions unless Tropical Twelve comes this way or a new storm forms.


The long-lost ship of British polar explorer Sir John Franklin, HMS Terror, has been found in pristine condition at the bottom of an Arctic bay, researchers have said, in a discovery that challenges the accepted history behind one of polar exploration’s deepest mysteries.

HMS Terror and Franklin’s flagship, HMS Erebus, were abandoned in heavy sea ice far to the north of the eventual wreck site in 1848, during the Royal Navy explorer’s doomed attempt to complete the Northwest Passage...

Here is that link.

Here is a good book that will give you a good look at life in the Spanish colonies.  The title is

Spanish Colonial Lives: Documents from the Spanish Colonial Archives of New Mexico, 1704 - 1744.  

You can read part of it online by clicking here.


Around the mid 1500's, German technology began to replace the ancient hammer-struck method of coining, in use since the dawn of coinage around 700 B.C. This new method employed rolling machines which were driven by giant waterwheels. This new process arrived quickly in Spain as a result of the Hapsburg royal family ties.

Towards the end of the year 1580, Spanish King Philip II negotiated several agreements on troop maneuvers and artillery production with his cousin, Archduke Ferdinand of Tirol, who, pleased with the outcome, gave several of these new coining machines to Philip for use in Spain to help process gold and silver brought from the New World. These machines were built in the Hall Mint, near Innsbruck, Austria and in February of 1582 special technicians were sent to Spain to prepare for their transfer and installation.

At first, it was thought the machines should be installed in Seville where the galleons unloaded their ingots and coins could be immediately produced. Several other sites were also considered, such as Lisbon (then under Spanish control), Toledo and Madrid. But in May of 1583, an old paper factory and flour mill on the Eresma River in Segovia was chosen specifically by King Philip II as the site for his new mint...

As a result, the Segovia mint was produced round machine-made coins while the other mints, including Seville, were still making cobs.

Here is the link for more about that.


Happy hunting,