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January 26, 2011

Subsea Research – Part 3

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Deep Marine Technology partnered with Texas A & M University to unearth a 200 year old shipwreck in the Gulf of Mexico. View the KHOU news coverage.
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January 23, 2011

Half Real Cob Coin Pendant

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Half Real Cob Coin Pendant

  • Half Real Cob Coin Pendant.
  • Spanish half real cob coin featuring a cross with lion and castles in the quadrants.
  • Minted in Mexico City under the rule of Carlos II.
  • Circa 1665-1700. Framing: 14kt

Spanish half real cob coin featuring a cross with lion and castles in the quadrants. Minted in Mexico City, under the rule of Carlos II. When it became apparent Carlos would not father any children, he made known in his will that he favored Philip, the grandson of Louis XIV of France, thereby ending the line of Spanish Hapsburgs. Upon his death, the war of the Spanish succession led to the dismembering of Spain’s European possessions. The most important coinage development during the reign of Ca

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One Real Cob Coin Pendant

  • One Real Cob Coin Pendant.
  • Minted in Mexico City between 1598 and 1621.

Minted in Mexico City between 1598 and 1621. This is a one real cob coin set in sterling silver.

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January 19, 2011

The Benefits Of Recordkeeping In Metal Detecting And Coin Shooting – Part 1 Of 2

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The Benefits Of Recordkeeping In Metal Detecting And Coin Shooting – Part 1 Of 2

For most people, metal detecting and coin shooting provide a feeling of freedom and adventure. You’re outside, walking through lovely scenery, the sun is warm, and you’re having a wonderful time. So, the idea of recordkeeping seems boring and unnecessary. However, in this article, I’ll show you the benefits of recordkeeping and how to keep it to a minimum.

The Basics of Recordkeeping

When metal detecting and coin shooting enthusiasts get together, they often talk about what they found last and where… it’s a form of storytelling and it’s exciting to hear. Why is it exciting? Because you learn where the ‘finds’ are being made. In the same way, some basic recordkeeping can show you patterns in your detecting adventures, i.e. I found lots of silver coins at Grant Park on three separate occasions. So, if other locations are producing little or nothing, then you know that you can return to Grant Park and find silver coins.

Remember that old-school idea from English Composition Class on how to describe anything? “Who, what, when, where, why and how?” This is a handy memory tool to record basic info on each metal detecting adventure.

Who – Who did you go with? Any Metal Detecting buddies?
What – What did you find? The total number of coins? Was silver or gold found?
When – When did you go? What’s the date and was it a weekday or weekend?
Where – Where is the site? What’s the name of the site / school / beach?
Why – Why would you return to the site? Lots of coins found? Silver or gold?
How – How did you find items? Record the name of the detector used and its settings.

At minimum, you can write this information on a pad of lined paper, and keep it with your detector. Or, one step better, buy one of those bound journals with lined paper. I recommended a bound journal because it withstands the weather and repeated handling over time, and you can keep it in your car or store it with your detector.

A journal like this can last for years. It even becomes a keep-sake that can be passed on to children.

Below, I’ve included some links so you can easily pickup a bound journal from your local office supply store.

Helpful Product Links

You don’t need to spend a lot of money on recordkeeping. These bound journals range from and up.

Rick Steve’s Travel Journal, .00 at Walmart
Voyages Travel Journal, .00 at Books a Million
Foray Italian Leather Journal, .49 at Office Depot

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January 18, 2011

La Capitana

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La Capitana

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January 17, 2011

Dreams of Gold [VHS] Reviews

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Dreams of Gold [VHS]

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January 15, 2011

The Hidden Galleon Reviews

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The Hidden Galleon

On the island of Assateague, along the seacoast of Maryland and Virginia, there is a breed of horses that has run wild for centuries. Legend says they originated from a long lost Spanish galleon. This centuries-old tradition is remembered every year when 50,000 tourists descend on the island of Chincoteague to witness the annual pony swim and auction. On September 5, 1750, a Spanish warship named La Galga drove ashore on Assateague and came to rest close to shore and partially submerged. Her cap

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January 13, 2011

The Pirate Prince: Discovering the Priceless Treasures of the Sunken Ship Whydah : An Adventure

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The Pirate Prince: Discovering the Priceless Treasures of the Sunken Ship Whydah : An Adventure

The author describes his lifelong fascination with discovering the wreckage of the Whydah, a ship that sank off of Cape Cod in 1717, and his ultimate discovery of the ship’s treasure, estimated at 0 million. 40,000 first printing.

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January 11, 2011

Balaklava and Its Reputation as a Scuba Divers Paradise

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Balaklava and Its Reputation as a Scuba Divers Paradise

Crimea an autonomous republic is re-inventing itself after the ending of the old soviet union. Private enterprise is flourishing and well-stocked shops and good restaurants are the norm. Transport and accommodation are cheaper than the Mediterranean resorts but the weather is better and the sightseeing amazing!

Visitors from all over the world are welcomed in a country which has opened its doors to foreign tourists by reducing visa requirements to a minimum.

Whether you want wine-tasting or scuba diving, mountains or sea, to visit the Byzantine ruins of Khersoness, or the fabulous Livadia Palace near Yalta, home of the last of the Russian Tsars – or if you just want to relax on the beach and then while away a warm summer evening in a gourmet restaurant, Crimea has something for you.

In this article we will focus on the Balaklava and its reputation as a scuba divers paradise.

Balaklava Harbor lies on the Black Sea coast of the Crimea in the Ukraine. It is a fine natural harbor and provides excellent all round shelter. In the past the harbor was closed to all private vessels and was home to the Soviet submarine fleet. Yachts should establish the current position before attempting to visit Balaklava.

Balaklava is rapidly changing from being primarily a working port and (in Soviet times) a secret submarine base for the Russian navy, to a leisure destination for tourists, lured by the history of the place and the drama of the rugged coastline. Period houses along the waterfront are being restored, a new hotel, the Golden Symbol, with its own harbor has opened and the place has an air of fresh prosperity.

The harbormaster at the Golden Symbol, himself an ex-submariner, will tell you about the maze of tunnels within the hillside, that allowed large numbers of Soviet submarines to hide unobserved. It is an indication of the way things are moving that you can now take a tour inside the previously secret base, and the large floating dry dock which used to be used for submarine repairs is to be moved to the naval harbor in Sevastopol this year. Crewing a submarine was a dangerous business, and the town has several memorials to sailors and commanders who are remembered for acts of bravery.

Unlike elsewhere in Crimea, restaurants in Balaklava are generally called Tavernas – a nod in the direction of the `Archipelago Greeks’ from the islands, who settled this part of the coast under Catherine the Great. It was a Greek battalion which attempted to prevent the British occupation of Balaklava at the start of the Crimean war by holding out on the commanding heights where the ruins of the Genoese fortress overlook the town. There are locals with Greek names today, who can trace their encestry back to this period.

Apart from the excellent restaurant `The Gavan’ on the ground floor of the Golden Symbol, there is a famous seafood restaurant with a good selection of Crimean, Georgian and French wines and an English menu, as well as numerous tavernas along the waterfront.

The `Aquamarine’ diving centre offers scuba diving along the coast, and from the Golden Symbol you can get a variety of boat trips, from sea fishing to dolphin spotting.

There are three swimming beaches along the Balaklava inlet, but the locals will advise you to walk the extra distance to the far side of the Genoese fortress, where the beach faces the open sea – or to get a boatsman to take you to a wild beach along the coast, accessible only from the sea (but make sure he remembers to come and collect you!) or to swim in one of the numerous sea caves which abound under the cliffs.

A submarine turned by its bow to the shore and went with a slow speed towards the rock. The rock parted and hid the black-deck cabin at first, then the entire submarine.

Those who found themselves at the Balaklava seaside late evening could watch such a scene. A tourist would hardly understand what happened, whereas the local people would guess that the next submarine that entered its shelter would be at the underground ship-repairing factory.

For a long time, residents of Balaklava did not know exactly what was happening in the underground factory. Nowadays, it’s possible to wander the dark winding halls with a guide. The excursion to the navy complex-museum “Balaklava” clarifies the mysterious past of “Facility 825″ -a top secret complex where the Soviet subs were hidden and repaired.

In the mid 1950s, Josef Stalin, a leader of Soviet communists, amazed by results of A-bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, gave the order to hide the underwater fleet from possible nuclear attacks. The order had to be carried out and soon military engineers prepared the project for the constructing of a giant underground complex, located in the thick of the rock, deeply underground. This facility had to serve as a house for subs. It had to include such a roof and doors that could allow the ship to enter and exit by its own speed. And inside, it had to be able to survive A-bombs in the company of other subs, surrounded with the consideration and care of commanders and repairers.

You can hire motor launches and sailing yachts by the hour to take you out to sea or to perfect beaches accessible only by boat because of the steep cliffs. You may want to take a dip from the boat and swim into sea caves. For more serious diving, scuba equipment and guided dives are available from `Aquamarine’. The Black Sea is home to the bottlenose dolphin and chance encounters are not uncommon.

If you fancy a spot of sea-angling, you can hire a boat, rod and line and the services of a local seaman who can take you to the best fishing areas. In some cases you can cook and eat what you’ve caught on board.

So if you want a vacation with a touch of the deep sea extreme, head for the Crimean Peninsula. The sea waters will gently embrace you and the Black Sea shelf will readily reveal its historical secrets of sunken ships and ancient epochs, breathtaking underwater landscapes, caves and volcanoes, as well as acquaint you with marine life. Even though this underwater fairytale is quickly over; the memory of it will stay with you for the rest of your lifetime.

Like a museum, the Black Sea preserves military relics. A great number of shipwrecks were left following the Crimean War of 1853 – 1856 that enveloped the waters of the southwestern Crimea from Cape Lukall to Cape Sarych. During a single hurricane in November 1854 in Balaklava Harbor, 60 British, French and Turkish vessels sank just as they readied themselves to bombard the fortress city of Sevastopol. On that fateful day, the sea took into its embrace the pride of the British fleet, the sailing frigate “Prince” and 20 thousand Pound Sterling in gold and silver. The legend of dozens of barrels filled with gold and silver still attracts treasure hunters all over the world and frigate itself was long ago renamed “The Black Price” in order to make the intrigue more exiting.

One more wonder of Crimea’s underwater realm is an English frigate, whose name still remains in mystery, which went to the bottom with a cargo no less precious than that of the “Price”, numerous bottles of wine and cognac, which caused divers to christen it in “The Drunken Jack”. Today in the wreckage of the ship, you can find a bottle of wine or cognac that has already been maturing for more than a century. At depths from 6 to 15 meters, one can finds the eternal resting place of other heroes of the Crimean War: the legendary “Lord Reglan” and his fair lady the “Duchess of Glendaloge” and the majestic warriors “Gung”, “Pyrenees” and “London”.

The Second World War also left its marks in Crimea’s submarine spaces. In Unforgettable impressions will remain after a visit to Balaklava, a small town in the vicinity of Sevastopol. During the Sovjet era, there was a submarine shooting range there in the area of Mramorna Balka. Today, at a depth accusable to divers, one can see the remains of broken targets and unsuccessfully lounged torpedoes.

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Stig-Arne Kristoffersen
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