Saturday, December 3, 2016

12/3/16 Report - Historic Florida Shipwreck Claimed by France. Your Attention and Action Needed. Antique Bottle Find.

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100-Year-Old Cures Bottle Found This Morning.
I found this bottle in the water yesterday.  On one side it reads "Chattanooga Tenn," and the other side reads "Manufactured by F. M. Plank."

After a little research I found that this is a cure bottle, often listed as a "quack cure" bottle.

Here is an ad that I found from 1906.

The ad was found in the 1906 Proceedings of the Florida State Pharmaceutical Association.

The other Plank bottles that I've seen have the bust of a man embossed on the bottle.  This one, however, has a diamond-shaped depression, that I imagine once had a paper label.  I haven't yet found when this type of bottle was used.  The bottle with the embossed bust is always described as being from the late 1800s.


Below is a link to an article that you need to read and leave your own comments on.  I recently said that it is impossible to separate politics from treasure hunting.  This illustrates that.

France has filed a legal claim to an ancient shipwreck discovered off Cape Canaveral, saying it was part of the French fleet that in 1565 went to the aid of that country’s doomed colony at Fort Caroline in Jacksonville.
That follows a claim by the private treasure salvage company that found the wreck, and seems likely to lead to a dispute in U.S. District Court in Orlando over ownership of the artifacts.
It would be a high-stakes battle: A state archaeology report says the wreck, if it is indeed connected to the French fleet, “would be of immense archaeological significance...”

The identity of the ship is in question.  Rather than being a French ship, it might actually be something else, perhaps a Spanish ship which was carrying a stone marker used by the French to mark land claimed in the New World.

The article says,  ...If the wreck is of a merchant vessel, Global Maritime Exploration, which had a state permit to look for wrecks, would be entitled to 80 percent of what is found. The state would get 20 percent.
If it is determined to be part the royal French fleet, however, France could be granted ownership of it.

A marine archaeologist quoted in the article would prefer that rights to the ship be awarded to France rather than the company that found it.  If that were to happen, none of the items would go into the Florida Collection to be maintained for the benefit of the citizens of Florida.  

Not surprisingly, the archaeologist is a globalist that opposes capitalist ventures and evidently also the long-standing arrangements worked out by the State of Florida to preserve Florida history for its citizens.

Not only should you read this article, but also comment and contact your representatives.

Here is the link to the article.

Thanks to Brian B. for alerting me to this story and sending the link.

Happy hunting,