Sunday, September 25, 2016

9/25/16 Report - Historic Sites of Florida. The Wreck of the El Nuevo Constante. 80% Chance of New Cyclone Forming.

Spanish Well Marker At Anclote River Park
Source: TripAdvisor

Want to find something besides modern coins and jewelry?  If so, you'll improve your chances by doing some research.  But where to start?  Here is an idea.

Start with something easy.  Many historic places are clearly marked.  In fact there is a county by county list of historic markers for the entire state of Florida.  They might not always be one hundred percent accurate, but they'll give you a place to start.

You might not be able to metal detect those locations, but they tell you where things happened, and when you find where something historic happened, the surrounding area will also generally provide some good detecting.  Historic events don't happen in isolation.  People had to get to and from those locations.

Here is a good web site that provides a list of Florida's historic markers.  If you just go through the lists I'll bet you'll find at least a few that you didn't know about before.


The wreck of El Nuevo Constante lies off the coast of Cameron Parish, Louisiana, in the Gulf of Mexico. The site is only a mile from the coast, in less than 20 feet of water. Nearby are lakes and bayous with the name “Constance,” the English form of Constante. These place names confirmed the name of the ship. In the first week of September 1766, a hurricane blew the Spanish ship aground. It was in a group of ships that was sailing from Veracruz, Mexico, to Cadiz, Spain.

El Nuevo Constante was a merchant ship that carried a load of products from Mexico. All of the people on the ship made it safely to land, but the cargo had to be rescued. The Spanish government in Louisiana began immediate salvage of the ship. This work to save and move cargo lasted for two months, but the effort was unable to recover everything from the wreck...

The above paragraphs are from an very good article.

The wreck was discovered by a shrimper who snagged copper ingots of copper in his nets.  After a little exploration, they then contacted the state.

I think you'll enjoy reading this article. There are maps, lists of weapons and cargo carried by the ship and pictures of artifacts.


Karl and Lisa are out of the scene but we have one disturbance in the Atlantic that you can see above.
That one has an 80 percent chance of becoming a cyclone in the next 48 hours, but is at this point expected to stay pretty far south.  See below.

The surf today (Sun.) is supposed to be around three or four feet.  It is expected to be smaller the next couple of days.

Happy hunting,