Tuesday, June 27, 2017

6/27/17 Report - Getting To Know Your Detector/Coil Combination. A 250-Year-Old Lock. Surveillance.

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A few days ago (/10/17) I talked about the cone of sensitivity for different metal detector coils.  I showed that for some coils, the area of sensitivity is more cone shaped.  For a cone-shaped coil, the maximum depth is obtained when a target is under the center of the coil.  You get less depth when a target is out near the edge of the coil.

The illustration above shows the theoretical cone of sensitivity for two different types of coils - a concentric coil and a DD coil.  According to what you will typically read or hear, the area of sensitivity under a DD coil will not be as sharply cone-shaped as it will be for a concentric coil.  When looking at the area of sensitivity from the side you can see that it is more blunt from a side view.  The area of sensitivity is supposed to be narrow for a DD coil when viewed from the front or back.

The depth you will get with a DD coil for a target under the center of the coil will be similar to the depth that you get when the target is near the edge of the coil.  The importance of that is that you will be getting greater depth under a wider span of the coil, making overlapping of sweeps less important because you are getting good depth under the entire area of the coil (front to back).  When using a concentric coil, failure to overlap sweeps would mean missing more deeper targets that fall closer to the front or back edge of the coil where you get less depth.

I am not one to go by theory or what everybody says or even by what the manual says.  I test things out.

In my 6/10 post, I encouraged you to use a test object to map out the area of sensitivity for your coil and detector.  Doing an air test, pass a test object under the center of the coil and see how deep the object can be detected.  (That is how most air tests are conducted.)  Then pass the object out towards the edge of the coil and see how deep the object is detected, and then do the same thing with the object farther out near the edge of the coil.  You will get a good idea of how much depth you will get under the center of the coil and farther away from the edge of the coil.

Mostly we talk about the area of a coil's sensitivity from front to back.  DD coils are often said to have a narrower area of side to side.  That is supposed to result in better target separation.  You should be able to distinguish between two targets that are beside each other.

With my tests I definitely found that one detector/coil combination had a much sharper cone shaped area of sensitivity than another.  As expected the concentric coil had a sharp cone shaped area of sensitivity, and the DD coil had a more blunt shaped area of sensitivity, as shown in the illustration.  I did not, however, find that the side to side area of sensitivity was narrow.  It seemed about as blunt as the front to back sensitivity.  So much for what the manual says.  Although that test did not correspond to what the manualsaid, my tests corresponded very well with what I experienced in the field.  This particular detector/coil combination does not provide good target separation even though it involves a DD coil.  Targets sound big.  And a bunch of small close targets sound very much like one big target.  How much of that is electrical engineering and physics and how much of it is psychosensory, I don't know, but that isn't important to the detectorist.  The important thing is how you perceive it in the field.

My main point is to experiment so that you really get to know your detector and how it responds.  Get to know both its strong points and its weaknesses.  Read the manual, but test everything out for yourself.  You might find that what you have been reading or hearing does not seem to be true for your situation.


Source: See link below.

MACKINAW CITY, MI - A 250-year-old lock was discovered at Colonial Michilimackinac earlier this week.

Staff at the historic fort and trading post in Mackinaw City discovered the intact, 2.75-inch long and 2.25-inch wide brass artifact while excavating a fur trader's home on the site.

Lynn Evans, curator of archaeology at Mackinac State Historic Parks, said the piece was likely used to lock a small trunk or chest sometime between 1760 and 1770. The lock is a rare find, even for a place full of hidden treasures like Fort Michilimackinac...

Here is the link for the original article.



Some of you will consider this off-topic.  Thats ok.

BAE, a British company that has been widely criticized for sharing communications surveillance software to countries with human rights abuses.  The software is capable of tracking virtually ALL computer communications.

I saw a TED talk, which I wish I could find again, on Evident, a software package about which it has been said, "You'd be able to intercept any internet traffic," a former employee told the BBC. "If you wanted to do a whole country, you could. You could pin-point people's locations based on cellular data. You could follow people around. They were quite far ahead with voice recognition. They were capable of decrypting stuff as well."

I just think a computer user should be aware of the digital environment they inhabit and more generally the world they live in.  

Treasure hunters used to be very much interested in treasure maps, codes, covert activities and the like.  Doesn't seem to be the case so much anymore.

Watching the hearings on TV, one thing that impressed me is the number of things that they feel they have to keep secret from the citizens of the country.  Very much like archaeology, but a byproduct of terrorism instead of looting.  

Here is one link if you are interested in this type of thing.



On the Treasure Coast we have more smooth surf for days or weeks.  The tides are pretty good now, with some nice low tides.

Happy hunting,

Sunday, June 25, 2017

6/26/17 Report - Kang Hsi Porcelain. Silver Cleaning Cloth. Fenn Treasure Hunters Die.

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Kang Hsi Displayed At St. Lucie County Historical Museum
Photo submitted by Darrel S.

The porcelain shown above was on display at the St. Lucie County Historical Museum that is located near the East side of the big bridge on the south causeway from Fort Pierce to Hutchinson Island.  It is near the aquarium and is easy to miss.  The link below will give you the address and more information about the museum.

I showed a new find of Kang Hsi in my 5/18/17 post. Smaller pieces can be found on the beach at time. Small pieces can have some value and are sometimes mounted in jewelry. I've shown a few pieces that were found on the beach.

A stack of Kang Hsi plates were once seen on South Hutchinson Island newly exposed by erosion. That was back years ago. The detectorist did not bother to collect them. He thought they were from a beach picnic or something and didn't think much more about it. When he learned what they were, he went back and couldn't find them. That is why I talk so much about being able to recognize various types of treasure. Big mistakes can be made when you do not realize what you are looking at. A stack of Kang Hsi plates could be worth quite a bit.

I once did a post on how to identify fine China like Kang Hsi.  It can easily be distinguished from other blue and white old pottery.

You can sometimes find small pieces in shell piles.

If you do any research on Kang Hsi, you'll find that it is spelled in a variety of ways.


The museum owns some very early Fort Pierce phone books that I found before they were discarded by what was then the Indian River Community College.  


People have died seeking the famous Fenn treasure and the police want people to stop looking for it.

Here is the link for more about that.


Thanks to Dean for submitting the link.


I have a polishing cloth that I used for years.  The bag it came in reads, "Miracle All Purpose Polishing Cloth."  I wouldn't call it a miracle, but it works.  What is most amazing to me, is that the cloth still works after all these years.  I looked it up and found that they still sell them.

It won't take heavy corrosion off things, but it will remove the black patina off oxidized silver.  You might want to look into it.


To everything there is a season.  It is now hurricane season and also salvage season.  For beach hunters, depending upon where you are and what you hunt, it can be either a slow season or productive season.

The Treasure Coast is supposed to have a couple weeks of one-foot surf.  There is no tropical weather on the Atlantic map right now.

The tides are pretty big.  We've been having some nice negative tides.

Happy hunting,

Saturday, June 24, 2017

6/24/17 Report - Taking Another Look At An Old Find. History-Changing Archaeological Discovery. Search for Lost Merchant To Resume.

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Old Find
Once in a while I go back and look through old junk finds.  Sometimes I put things aside without paying enough attention to them and I might have missed something interesting.   I'll mention one example of that later in this post.  Anyhow, I decided to look through some old items yesterday, and the item shown above was one of them.

It had some greenish corrosion.  That usually tells you the item is at least partly copper.  I cleaned a little of the corrosion off.

As you can see in the close-up photos above and below, there is some exposed copper.  The item is silver plated.  I probably acid tested the item originally, but I wasn't able to get such good photos back then.

The photo of the other side (below) clearly shows better where the plating wore off.

Other Side Same Medallion

When I put this religious medallion under the Celestron camera to take these photos, I also saw for the first time the word "ITALY."  You can almost see it at the dark spot on the left in the flat space beside the upper arm in this photo.

The ITALY mark is significant.  That tells you the item is not older than 1861 - the year when Italy was founded.

Although in this case, nothing significant showed up, it can be worth going back and looking at old finds.  Sometimes you will find something that you didn't notice before.  Maybe you have newer and better methods or technology or maybe you've learned something that will help you better analyze and appreciate your find.  Keeping good records will help too, although if you are like me, junk find will just be put aside.


...After years of debate over the dating technology used on the mastodon, a group of researchers now believes that they can date it and the human tools to 130,000 years ago—more than 100,000 years earlier than the earliest humans are supposed to have made it to North America....

Interesting article.  Here is the link.

As you probably know, the Treasure Coast produced its own history-changing fossil.  If you aren't aware of that use the following link.

I've found mastodon fossils on a Treasure Coastbeach.  I also found one fossilbone  that appears to have be drilled and cut by man.

I showed that in an old post.  Here is that link.


Like the fellow that found the carved mastodon bone near Vero, I had that bone sitting around a long time before I noticed it was worked by human hands.


Nine coins, a few ballast stones and another piece of silver were recently found on the Margarita site by the crew of the Sea Reaper.

The Dare will soon be replacing her mailboxes with search gear and going north to resume the search for the Lost Merchant.  Lost Merchant is a code name.


There are now no tropical disturbances on the Atlantic map.

We are having a calm surf and some good low tides though.

Happy hunting,

Friday, June 23, 2017

6/23/17 Report - Calusa Artifacts for Reference - Silver, Gold and Copper

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Photo of Calusa Artifacts Displayed in the Florida Museum of Natural History.
Photo by Darrel S.

In order to help you identify finds, yesterday I showed a variety of Seminole artifacts - mostly silver. Today I'm showing Calusa artifacts.  A lot are silver, but there are also copper, gold and even a couple lead items.  All of the Calusa artifact photos were taken by Darrel Strickland at the Gainesville museum.

Just to let you know, Darrel has made some great finds.  He knows more about these things than what he saw at the museum.

What he considers his greatest beach find was "a complete Native American necklace with wrapped shipwreck coins, beads, shells, etc."  The twine was made of horse hair and plant strands.  It has been viewed by experts.  He has also made other great finds.  One, a bison bone, is in the Fountain of Youth collection.

Below is a closer look at some of the artifacts Darrel photographed in the Gainesville museum, including both gold and silver items.

Photo by Darrel S.
Next are some made of copper.

Photo by Darrel S.

And below are some cone shape silver items.

Photo by Darrel S.

Beads on the Left, Tablets Center, and Other Items on the Right.
Photo by Darrel S.

Here is a closer view of some of the above, especially tablets.

Photo by Darrel S.

Below are close-up views of some beads and tinklers.

Photo by Darrel S.

Below are a few more unique Calusa items. 

Photo by Darrel S.

This post should provide a good reference for identifying old Calusa artifacts.


On the Treasure Coast we are had some big low tides today.  Combined with the small surf that should give you good access to some beach areas that might be hard to get to at other times.

That is all for today.

Happy hunting,

Thursday, June 22, 2017

6/22/17 Report - Silver Seminole Artifacts. Mining and Science History. Gold Chalices.

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Seminole Silver Objects.
Photo submitted by Darrel S.
I started a conversation one day not too long ago about Seminole silver.  It is something that might be found metal detecting in Florida.  You should therefore know what it looks like.  Thanks to Darrel Strickland, who visited the museum in Gainesville, I'm going to post some images of Seminole silver objects.

Above you will see a set of what appears to be pendants.  They are made from silver pounded flat and then cut out.  A simple hole is made for attachment.

Below is an image of more Seminole silver objects, including pendants bracelets and rings.

Seminole Silver
Photo by Darrel S.
Thanks much Darrel!


I enjoyed browsing the Mining and Scientific Press issues for the years 1899 and 1900.  There is a lot of interest,  The range of topics is very broad.  You'll find everything having to do with mining.  The pictures and history are interesting too.

Below is one illustration from one of those issues.  I think maybe I've been on those rails.  The Durango to Silverton line goes through an area that looks very much like that.  That is a ride I would recommend to anyone.

Illustration in Mining and Scientific Press.
Link provided below.

This one shows hydraulic mining in Dahlonega Georgia.

It is a online as a free ebook in books.google.com/books.   I could spend months looking through that one.


Some of the most fantastic 1715 Fleet finds are religious artifacts.  Here is a web site that explains the spiritual reason chalices are made of gold.


Tropical Storm Cindy is inland now and dropping rain on Louisiana and other states to the west of us. There is no other storms on the Atlantic map at this time.

The surf is still small, but we are having some nice tides now.

Happy hunting,

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

6/21/17 Report - Tropical Storm Cindy To Make Landfall. Laws For Turtle Season. Sword Found. Old Jewelry Find.

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Turtle Nesting On Treasure Coast.
The turtles are nesting.  I took this photo a few days ago and forgot about it until someone wrote and asked me about turtle nesting season.  I don't think it is too complicated.  Just don't dig in the nests or disturb the turtles.

Most of the nests are marked, so if you are a snowbird or don't know about that, there are stakes that mark many of the turtle nests.  New nests you can clearly see.  Penalties can be serious.

Florida state law provides protection against taking, possessing, disturbing, mutilating, destroying or causing to be destroyed, selling or offering for sale, transferring, molesting, or harassing any marine turtle or its nest or eggs at any time.
Federal law provides even greater protection (and criminal penalties as severe as $100,000 and a year in prison) if you “take, harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, or capture any marine turtle, turtle nest, and/or eggs, or attempt to engage in any such conduct.”

Here is a link.


Medieval Sword Discovered in Peat Bog.
Source: See ScienceInPoland link below.

Completely preserved medieval sword from the 14th century has been discovered at a peat bog near Hrubieszów. The finder donated the artefact to the local Fr. Stanisław Staszic Museum. "This is a unique find in the region" - said Bartłomiej Bartecki, director of the museum...


That would be a fun find.


Some 2,500 Israeli pupils and volunteers from Modiin-Maccabim-Re’ut participated in an archaeological excavation in their own community, coming away with a new sense of history — and a treasure trove of 900-year-old Crusader-period jewelry...

Source: See TimesofIsrael link below.
I've been talking about jewelry and some ways to identify the date for them.  Here is some old jewelry.  Some of it is not very different from what you might find on a Treasure Coast beach.

Here is the link for more about that story.



I have a lot more to post, but I'll wind it up for today.

With the hurricane season becoming active already, you'll want to keep up on the latest tropical weather activity.

Tropical Storm Cindy is about to make landfall near the Louisiana/Texas border.

It looks like Bret has disappeared.

That's all for now.

Happy hunting,

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

6/20/17 Report - How To Determine How Old A Ring Might Be. Tropical Storm Near and Heading for the U. S.

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Old Photo of Me Using an Aquasound Metal Detector.
The Aquasound was a good metal detector.  The photo must be from twenty some years ago.  I just ran across it.


After Warren's amazing ring find that I showed a few days ago, I thought it would be a good time to look at some of the things that will help you get a good idea of a ring's age.  If you don't know what to look for you can easily mistake a ring that is centuries old for a new ring or vice versa.  In the past I mistook some very old finds for modern finds.  It can be tricky.  I remember one enameled ring found on a 1715 Fleet beach that I immediately concluded was modern because I thought enameling was a more modern technique.  I was wrong about that.  That is just one example.

Below is an old Roman ring.  Would you know right that it was old when if you dug it up.  And what would you look fo?.

There are some features on this ring that would make you think it might be real old as soon as you saw it.  First, the setting.  The setting is covers everything but the top of the stone.  The setting would be one of the first things that would suggest to me that it is probably an old ring.  Secondly, the stone is polished instead of cut like most of today's gem stones.

Rings looked fairy similar up through the middle ages.  As I explained the other day, gems were not faceted until later.

Here is a web site on antique rings.


Below is an example of an 18th century ring that is faceted.

You can see that the the diamonds are clearly faceted.  Now look at the settings.  The stones are surrounded by the setting.  They are not set with prongs like most of the diamond rings of today.

18th century rings will often be "foiled."  The gem will be surrounded on the sides and bottom with foil - sometimes gold.  Modern diamond rings are faceted and the setting is very open to permit the light to flow through the gemstone.

I"m not a jewelry expert, but those are a few things that might help you determine if a ring might be old or not.  There are other things to look for, but I'll have to get into some of those another time.

Some old things can be in very good shape (especially if they are gold) and look almost new.  And modern items can be in terrible condition, but that does not necessarily mean they are old.  It can be very difficult to tell the difference between old and new items.

Plain bands can be difficult since you do not have all the clues you would have with a gemstone ring. Crucifixes can also be tricky.


We now have the two named tropical storms - the first of the hurricane season.  We had a named storm earlier in the year, but that was before hurricane season began.

Bret is heading west/northwest along the north coast of South America.

Cindy looks to be headed towards Louisiana.

Tropical Storm Cindy
Source: nhc.noaa.gov

On the Treasure Coast we'll have a 2 - 3 foot surf Tuesday and Wednesday.  Then it will decrease a bit for the rest of the week.

The tides are a little bigger and we'll have a nice negative tide Tuesday.

Happy hunting,

Monday, June 19, 2017

6/19/17 Report - Eight-Reales And More Found by Capitana Diver. Treasure Hunting Opportunity. Tropical Storm Headed North.

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Grant G. Shows New Finds.
Photo submitted by Captain Jonah M.
Grant is diving for Jonah on the Capitana this year.  Grant is showing off some finds from this weekend.

A Closer Look at Grant's Finds.
Photo submitted by Captain Jonah.
Congratulations Grant!

On the one cob you can see the Florenza cross indicating the Mexico mint.

Below are more of his finds.

Cobs, Pottery, Sheathing and More Musket Balls Found by Grant G.
Photo submitted by Captain Jonah.

Finds included two 8-reales, 60-70 musket balls, pottery, lead sheeting and EO's.

Jonah could still use another hand on the Capitana.  That is a great opportunity to be part of an exciting adventure that you'll never forget.  

He said, If you're into the 1715 fleet you will learn more about these wrecks and how they scattered from reefs into the beaches. Get to dive with a detector and recover Spanish Treasure. If you can commit and are in physical shape, ready to work in the sun and water, we work hard all day everyday the weather is good. Call 772 215 4366.


The tropical disturbance that has been hanging around the Yucatan has moved north into the Gulf and is expected to become a tropical storm and hit land between Texas and Florida.

Source: nhc.noaa.gov.
The other tropical weather that I've been watching seem headed towards the north edge of South America. It might turn north at some point too.

The surf was a touch higher today, and will be around 2 - 3 feet tomorrow, then decrease just a bit again.

We are having some small negative tides now.

Happy hunting,

Sunday, June 18, 2017

6/18/17 Report - Another Nice 1715 Fleet Find. One Way To Narrow Down The Age Of A Piece of Jewelry. Two Tropical Disturbances.

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Find Made by Gavin on the Arrr Booty.
Photo submitted by Jonah Martinez.

Jonah M. sent the above photo and said, "Find made by Gavin. Eric's working hard trying to make some more great finds."

That is one nice piece of Kang Hsi. Hope they find more of the same item.

Congrats to Gavin and the crew of the Arrr Booty! And thanks to Jonah for sharing!


Yesterday I showed an amazing ring that was found by Warren D. (If you missed it, you might want to go back and take a look.)  When you find an item, it helps to know where it came from and where it has been up until the time you found it. It is also nice to be able to determine its age.

There are a lot of things that might give some clues. First is the where it was found, including the layers of sand above and surrounding the item. The sand adhering to the item might give you some clues about where it has been. So will the patina or crust. I can't talk about all of that today, but I am going to talk about the diamonds. Although the type of setting and other features of a ring can tell you a lot, I'm just going to focus on diamonds right now.

Although diamonds were used in jewelry much earlier, diamond cutting did not being until the 14th century.  Then they were more polished than cut.

Diamonds were mounted with what you might call a "point cut" in the 15th century.  There still wasn't much cutting involved.  Here is an example of a 15th century diamond ring sold by Christies.  You can see the point or pyramid.

15th Century "Point Cut" Diamond Sold by Christies.

True faceting didn't begin until the 16th century.  Then the "rose cut" was invented.  Diamonds were still rare in jewelry.

Rose cut diamonds have 24 facets.  They are domed on top and have a flat bottom.  The top looks very much like a geodesic dome.

The old mine cushion cut began in the 18th century.  That cut featured a relatively small flat table on top, a very slightly rounded edge, and a deep culet.  Below is an example.

Old Mine Fashion Cut Diamond Shape
Source:  See ErstWhileJewelry link below.

By the mid 18th century the Marquise cut was developed.

Of course there are more, but I'll stop there for now.  I just wanted to show that you can get a lot of information from the cut of a diamond or any gem.

If you want learn more about the history of cutting diamonds, you'll find an intersting article by using the following link.


It can be very difficult to capture subtle but important details in a photo.


Things are heating up in the tropics.  There are now two tropical disturbances,both of which have a 70% chance of becoming a cyclone in the next 48 hours.

One has been hanging around the Yucatan, but at some point might head north.  The other looks to be heading towards the Yucatan.

Happy hunting,

Saturday, June 17, 2017

6/17/17 Report - Amazing Treasure Coast Beach Find!!! Beach Conditions and Tropical Disturbances.

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Diamond Gold and Amethyst Ring Find.
Find and photo by Warren D.

If you have been reading this blog, you've read about Warren Dennison before.  He has found and returned some valuable rings.  The stories were covered in the news and here.  Warren stored up a lot of good karma.  Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

Different View of the Same Ring.
Find and photo by Warren D.

This find is a very exceptional one-of-a-kind item.  Research could reveal the owner.  It has been identified by no less than Robert Marx and Karl Fismer as being a probable 1715 Fleet item.  A cob was found nearby.  It was found on a Treasure Coast beach, and is obviously shown uncleaned.

There is a WESH2 News video with Warren showing his find that you can probably find on the internet.

Congratulations Warren!  Super great find!


John Brooks Beach Saturday Morning.

You can see the sandy conditions and the nice smooth one-foot surf.

With these summer conditions, you have to be alert to rare opportunities.  Some of those occur are very localized situations. As you can see, the prevailing beach conditions are poor, but there are always those little spots ( some man made and some natural ) that provide opportunities.  They are rare and not always easy to find, but they are out there.

Nieves Site Saturday Morning.

You can barely see it, but the small dot is a salvage boat working in the distance.

Seaweed Covered Beach Saturday Morning.
Seaweed is generally a bad sign, but there are rare occasions when a layer of seaweed can cover a newly exposed good spot.  In this case, under the seaweed was newly accumulated sand.

Down the beach was a spot where there was no seaweed.  Some older items were found there - mostly iron.

I also found some very old fossils.

There are still a couple tropical disturbances on the map - one near Yucatan and the other way south in the Atlantic.  The second is organizing and has a long way to go before hitting land.

Happy hunting,

Friday, June 16, 2017

6/16/17 Report - Small Gold Artifact Found. Gold King Mine Disaster. Shipwreck Wood on Beach. Two Tropical Disturbances.

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Animas River After Gold King Mine Disaster.
Source: See Daily Signal link below

In August 2015, an EPA crew inexplicably dug out the rock and rubble “plug” to the long abandoned Gold King Mine, triggering a massive blowout that flooded the Animas River with 3 million gallons of acid mine drainage and, according to the EPA, over 550 tons of metals...

Click here to read more about that.


Things have been going well down south.  The Dare recently recovered three silver coins on the trail of the Atocha.

The Magruder found a small gold artifact said to be a pendant.  It appears to be gold wire with a gold two-piece filigree bead and with a pearl near the end.  A similar one was found in 1985.

Here is a picture.

Small Gold Artifact Found by Margruder
Source: Personal email.

Shipwreck Wood Washed Up on Beach.
Source: See Daily Astorian link below.
CANNON BEACH — What at first glance looks like one of the many logs that line Cannon Beach may be an uncovered keel of a boat from a possible shipwreck.
The wood object, which measures about 18 feet long and several hundred pounds, was found Wednesday afternoon on the beach close to the Taft Street access by Jeffrey Smith of Portland. Looking for a place to rest after walking with his wife, he noticed rusty square nails, notches and square cutouts in the log and decided to call the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum...
Here is the link for more of that story.


Cannon Beach!  Pay attention to place names.

Shipwreck wood occasionally washes up onto Treasure Coast beaches too.


As I've been saying, "Its time to start watching for tropical weather."   There are two disturbances out there now.  Neither will likely affect the Treasure Coast much, but keep watching.

Source: MagicSeaWeed.com.

Happy hunting,

Thursday, June 15, 2017

6/15/17 Report - Happy Flag Day. Old Sunken Ship. TV Program on 1715 Fleet. Rumors of New Detector.

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First U. S.Flag.
Darrel S. reminded me that it is flag day today (June 14).  It seems very few people know about it. I saw a few flags out today, but very few.

Flag Day honors a June 14, 1777, resolution from the Second Continental Congress, which called for an official United States flag.

The resolution called for the flag to "be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation."  (From Wikipedia)

The flag with the circles arranged in a circle is referred to as the Betsy Ross variant.

Thanks to Darrel S.


SAN FRANCISCO – A U.S. Coast Guard ship that first set out to sea during the Spanish-American War and sank off the coast of Southern California 100 years ago won’t be moved anytime soon, officials said Tuesday.

Strong currents and an abundance of sediment would make moving the delicate vessel too difficult, officials said in detailing the discovery of the San Francisco-based USCGC McCulloch. They also paid tribute to its crews, including two members who died in the line of duty...

Here is the link to read more about that.


I like to give you the sources for the stories I post so you can check them out for yourself.


Chistopher P. told me about a program on the Expedition Unknown series about the 1715 Fleet.  Below is the description.

Josh Gates travels the coast of Florida and to the newly opened country of Cuba in search of sunken treasure from a fleet of Spanish ships sunk in 1715. The hunt takes him deep into the Atlantic and into the previously sealed National Archives of Cuba.

Here is a link to learn more about that.  Sounds interesting.


Thanks Christopher.


I started seeing reports of a new metal detector that was supposed to show you a picture of the target before you dig it.  After looking into those reports it seems they stem from an ad about a detector that will not only show you a picture of the target, but also give you its value.  Then the ad says the detector will do all the hunting for you.  The problem is, as you probably guessed by now, it is fake news - yet it seems a lot of people didn't catch that it was a joke and passed it on like much of the TV and print media would do.


I remember reading maybe twenty years ago about a metal detector that would show you an image of the target in the ground.  They never seemed to work out or catch on.

Things like the DRS system that costs nearly $6000 will give you a rough image, but not anything like what you might want.


Its the time of year to start watching nhc.noaa.gov.  Right now there is just one tropical disturbance. It is way out in the south Atlantic too far away to be concerned about at this point.

I heard a lot of thunder today, but it seems it stayed out west.

Not any significant changes to report in beach conditions.

Happy hunting,

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

6/14/17 Report - Mel Fisher Days Coming Soon. John Brown Bowie Knife. Gold or Silver. Tropical Disturbance.

Written by the TreasureGuide for the exclusive use of treasurebeachesreport.blogspot.com.

You can take a tour of the conservaion lab for a small fee.

Here is a link for more information.


John Brown Bowie Knife
Source: See Sotheby's link below.
This knife sold for $22,500 in the Sotheby's auction held on 6/13.  Here is a bit from the auction listing.

[Brown, John]

Coffin-handle Bowie knife, signed by maker joseph hawksley's celebrated, overall length 14 1/4 in. (330 mm), length of steel spear-point blade 9 5/8 in. (245 mm), nickel handle inlaid with mother of pearl. Accompanied by original brass-tipped gilt leather sheath; worn.,,

Nice artifact, but what made it so valuable?  The story.  It was John Brown's knife, and has inscription detailing more of its story.

If you don't know the story, you probably know the name.  John Brown had had a roll in a skirmish the led to the Civil War.

In 1859, Brown led a raid on the federal armory at Harpers Ferry to start a liberation movement among the slaves.

A artifact is just an object unless there is a story that goes with it. A story is just a story unless it has heart.  A real story has meaning and depth; passion and emotion.

There is always a bit of a story that goes with a find.  Just listen to some one tell about when they found an item.  The story might not be a famous person or a historic event, like John Brown's knife, but there is a story nonetheless.  It is up to you, to discover and preserve the story, whatever it is.


I've been informed by a good source that the conclusions below are wrong, but you might find it interesting anyhow.  The source of this excerpt is the McCauley source that listed yesterday or the day before.

I saw no gold ornaments. Gold, even gold money, does not seem to be considered of much value by the Seminole. He is a monometalist, and his precious metal is silver. I was told by a cattle dealer of an Indian who once gave him a twenty dollar gold piece for $17 in silver, although assured that the gold piece was worth more than the silver, and in my own intercourse with the Seminole I found them to manifest, with few exceptions, a decided preference for silver. I was told that the Seminole are peculiar in wishing to possess nothing that is not genuine of its apparent kind. Traders told me that, so far as the Indians know, they will buy of them only what is the best either of food or of material for wear or ornament.


The rain is back.  We still have a one-foot surf on the Treasure Coast.  It looks like that will be the same for a few more days.

There was a tropical disturbance down by Mexico - one of the first of the new hurricane season.  It was no threat to us.

There is one new one coming off of Africa.

The water has been so calm that the water hunters should be making a few finds between thunder storms.

When I spent a lot of time in the water, I remember on more than one occasion being out when a rain started, and it appeared as though the rain actually tampered down the waves a little.

Happy hunting,

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

6/13/17 Report - Disappearing Shipwreck Site. More Seminole Reading. Gorget. Smooth Surf.

Written by the TreasureGuide for the exclusive use of treasurebeachesreport.blogspot.com.

A maritime survey in 1987 reported that the remains of the ship were still visible in shallow water beside the reef wall, but the latest expedition, in January of this year, found that the sea has now claimed the last traces of the Jenny Lind...

Here is the link for the rest of that article.


In thirty years, evidence of the shipwreck disappeared.  That illustrates the foolishness of the belief held by many archaeologists that it is better to let shipwrecks remain untouched even for decades or centuries rather than salvage them in anything less than the most thorough and strict way.  The fact is things deteriorate - sometimes more rapidly than might be expected.


As I was saying yesterday, I want to become more familiar with Seminole silver.  As I looked for more information, I ran across a number of posts in this blog that provided information and references that I forgot about.  That happens every once in a while.  When searching the internet, I frequently end up getting pointed back to my own blog.

While looking for more information on Seminole silver, In one of my old posts I found a link to the NativeTech web.  Below is an example of the type of thing you will find at that web site.


I found some items like these at an old 1700s site in the Carribbean.  I posted a picture of one of those. Some people thought it might be a gorget.  I don't know, but at this point it is still my best guess. I don't know what else it could be.

Here is the link to the NativeTech web site.


The web site says that ornamental Seminole metalwork was made of German silver or by hammering silver coins.

Here are a couple additional references listed on that web site.

  • "Silver Work of the Florida Seminole.", John Goggin, El Palacio, Vol. 40, No. 2, 1940.

  • "Florida Seminole Silverwork.", Byron Johnson, Florida Anthropologist, Vol. 29, No. 3, 1976.

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    I also found a link that I once posted that will take you to a great free ebook.  It is A Voyage to the Spanish Main in the Ship "Two Friends."  It was written by John Miller and published in 1819.

    That ebook provides some very interesting reading, including a section on the Seminole War.

    Here is that link if you want to read that book online.


    Here is another digital book, entitled The Seminoles of Florida (1910 edition).

    Click here to go to that one.

    And here is an 1836 book, The War in Florida, which you can also read online.

    Click here to read The War in Florida.

    One thing leads to another.  I'm going to wrap up this topic for now.


    I heard some thunder early this morning.  Didn't seem to get to the coast though.

    We're supposed to have a one foot surf for a few days.

    Happy hunting,

    Sunday, June 11, 2017

    6/12/17 Report - Seminole Silver and Some Good References.

    Written by the TreasureGuide for the exclusive use of treasurebeachesreport.blogspot.com.

    Tuko-See-Mathla, Seminole Chief
    Source: Sotheby's Auction Catalog
    See link below.
    Sotheby's June 13 book and manuscript auction offers a number of interesting lots.  One is the book,
    HISTORY OF THE INDIAN TRIBES OF NORTH AMERICA, written by Thomas McKenney and James Hall, published in 1865.

    The above illustration of a Seminole chief is one of many illustrations found in that book.

    Here is the link for the auction listing.


    Notice what appears to be a variety of silver pieces being worn by the chief. They include a gorget, pendant, wrist bands, arm bands and head band.

    I do not see this fellow wearing finger rings or earrings, although both of those might be expected.

    Here is a good reference on the Seminoles and their personal items of adornment.


    That link takes you to one chapter of a free Project Gutenberg ebook entitled The Seminole Indians of Florida, by Clay MacCauley, 2006.

    It seems they preferred silver over gold.  I wondered where they got their silver.  Author MacCauley claims that the silver was generally made from U.S silver coins.

    That ebook is worth reading.

    And here is the link to the Sotheby's auction that includes the book on North American Indian tribes as well as many other interesting lots.


    I started wondering about all the old silver rings and things found on the Treasure Coast beaches that don't seem to be from the 1715 Fleet.  I've commented on that before.  I decided I better learn to recognize Seminole jewelry.

    It isn't very easy to find pieces of genuine Seminole silver.  Most Native American jewelry that you find when you do an internet search are modern facsimilies or reproductions.  I did however find one interesting site that shows a few pieces of Seminole silver jewelry.  It is the National Museum of the American Indian Collections Site.  The fact that the items identified as Seminole on that site were all purchased from one collector does not give me a huge amount of confidence in the attributions, but it is probably trustworthy.

    Below is one item on collections site listed as Miccosukee.

     Did you know the Seminoles were Nazis?  Just kidding!

    Below is the description as it appears.

    Culture/People: Miccosukee Seminole (Mikasuki)

    Object name: Brooch

    Date created: 1900-1930

    Place: Florida; USA

    Media/Materials: Silver

    TechniquesHammered, cutout

    You can see other silver Seminole jewelry items on the same site.

    Here is one identified as a Miccosukee finger ring.

    Silver Miccosukee Finger Ring
    People occasionally report Seminole Indian finds. One nice silver headdress piece was found near the site of the old Fort Pierce Fort.

    Unfortunately the detectorist stuck his digger through it.  You have to be careful when digging.

    It can always be helpful to be able to identify metal items that you dig. This is one class of items that might be found on the Treasure Coast.

    It can also be good to go back and reevaluate old finds that you couldn't identify or that might have been wrongly identified.  That is another good reason to keep good records.

    You might find more interesting information and useful books or historic documents in the Sotheby's auction listings.  Pictures from old books can be helpful.

    I want to learn more about silver Seminole finds and hope to have more to post on that in the future.

    This post took a direction that I was not expecting.  I'll leave it at that for today.

    Beach conditions remain poor for finding old shipwreck cobs on the Treasure Coast.  That has been the case so often for so long that I haven't been posting a conditions rating lately.  With hurricane season, that might change.  Stay alert for new storms forming in the Atlantic or Gulf.

    Happy hunting,