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,