Friday, May 18, 2007

Five Hundred Million Dollar Treasure Find!!!

Odyssey Marine Exploration recently landed in Florida with over 500,000 gold and silver coins valued at over $500,000,000.00!!! That's 17 tons of old coins!!! The wreck is believed to be near the English Channel, but Odyssey is keeping quiet for now.

Read more about the expedition that discovered the yet unnamed ship being called the Black Swan:

http://www.news24.com/News24/Technology/News/0,,2-13-1443_2115430,00.html

http://www.gibfocus.gi/details_headlines.php?id=1316

If you haven't cranked up your metal detector yet this season, get out there! The weather's great and the finds are pretty dang inspiring! I've got my eye on a Garrett ACE 250 (heard a lot of good things about them).

It's just so amazing to me that treasure ships like the Atocha and now the colonial era "Black Swan" ship are still out there to be found! And every day peaople are finding smaller treasures in parks, on beaches and in the woods all over the world. Just check out Today's Finds over at TreasureNet and you'll see why I'm getting a new detector next time I have some toy money to spend!

Happy hunting all, and good luck!!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Dredge Season

I'm not a huge dredger, but I do have a little Proline combo and enjoy it quite a bit. I sent off my permit renewal fees and am excited for the first of the in-water work periods to start hitting next month. You can bet I'll be out there in the water looking for gold.

Finally got a set of neoprene chest waders which should be perfect for shallow water dredging. I don't have a hooka set up, so I'm limited as to how deep I can go. A snorkel keeps me breathing, but it also keeps me close to the surface.

I only got the unit last year, and so far have done better high banking than dredging, but I hope to have a much better season this year. I'm all geared up for a few extended trips and have some spots all scoped out (not saying where). In the mean time I've been doing a lot of panning and some sluicing, running last year's concentrates through my Blue Bowl and generally getting excited for the warmer weather and dredge season.

This year I also want to get out and do some more metal detecting and maybe even try my luck looking for sunstones.