Monday, September 5, 2016

9/5/16 Report - Spanish Explorers and Pirates at Anclote. Messages Conveyed by Claddagh Rings.

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Surfacing With Gold Chain.

I've been posting a few clues to the Big Bend area of Florida that was affected by Hermine.  Treasure can be found in places that aren't celebrated so much for their treasures as the Treasure Coast.  Metal detecting will reveal interesting items almost anywhere man has been.  Some of the lesser known areas have a lot to offer to the detectorist willing to do some research and put in the time.  I like exploring new areas.  There are always new places to explore and there are always those out of the way places where there aren't a lot of detectorists and you have a chance of being the one to make the next surprising discovery.  It might be more difficult than following the crowds, but it can be very gratifying to find a new spot that you can have all to yourself.  It requires more work and patience, and skill is more important.

Here is a little of the story of Anclote.

Deep into the roots of Florida history, when Spanish conquistadors stalked the land, when pirates ravaged the Spanish main and plundered heavily laden galleons, when later buccaneers preyed on merchant shipping of the infant United States, goes the area where the little community of Anclote now stands.

On the north bank at the mouth of the Anclote river, this quiet, shaded town was the original home of the sponge industry in Florida before Tarpon Springs was ever settled.  Before the first Greek dived off his sponge boat based at Tarpon Springs, sponge “hookers” were fishing the sponge beds and selling them at Cedar Keys and farther north.

Popular legend has it that the early buccaneers watered their ships at the “Spanish Well,” a clear sparkling spring only 25 feet from the beach at the river’s mouth. Certain it is that Spanish explorers touched there.

The “Spanish Well” was probably discovered by Vasco da Gama and Pinida who landed in Clearwater Bay—the whole bay north to Anclote Key was called Clearwater bay—early in the 16th century...

The above excerpt is from an article appeared in the St. Petersburg Times on May 5, 1946.  It is one of a collection of articles on the history of Anclote.  Below is the link to those articles.


The most read post of August was the 8/17/16 Report - New Eight Escudo Found by Capitana Guys!  How Cobs Appear On The Beach.  The Alamo.  Tropical Depression Six Forms.

The most Google Plused post of August was the 8/9/16 Report - More Old 1715 Fleet Finds Including a Fascinating Gold Ring.  More On Old Button.

By the way, about that gold ring - I'm getting the feeling that it wasn't a finger ring, but a part of some artifact.  I'm just going by the way it was made and a gut feeling.


Claddagh rings are common finds.  Claddagh rings, as I've shown in the past, have been found on 1715 wrecks and are still very common in modern jewelry.

I ran across a web site advertising Claddagh engagement rings with expensive stones.  On the web site was this paragraph on how to wear a Claddagh ring and what it means.

Those who understand how Claddagh rings work will glance at your finger and make assumptions based on how you are wearing your ring. There are four options: single, in a relationship, engaged, and married. There’s no “it’s complicated” option, so you’ll have to leave that for Facebook! As can be expected, wearing the ring on your right hand indicates that you are either single or in a relationship. If the crown is pointing toward you it means you are single. If it is pointing away from you it means you are in a relationship. When the ring is worn on the left hand, the crown pointing toward you means that you are engaged, and away from you means that you are married.

Click here to visit that site.


Hermine hammered beaches from the Outer Banks and Delaware north to Cape Cod.  It looks like it could turn towards Massachusetts again.

The disturbance that I've been watching continues to work west.  It has passed over islands of the West Indies.

Happy Labor Day,