Friday, October 10, 2014

Grenade found in waters off St. Pete FL Beach

 He was up to his waist in the Gulf of Mexico when his machine pinged. Recounting the moment, said he reached into the sand and brought up a curious hunk of metal. He knew right away it was a hand grenade.
"I just kind of froze for an instant," said Vogan, 61, of New Port Richey. He spotted the pin still in the explosive.
Calmly, Vogan said, he brought the grenade to the corner of a trash barrel on the beach near the Sirata Beach Resort. Then they called police.
"The fact that it didn't blow up on me when I dug it up with the scoop, I felt pretty comfortable with it," Vogan said.
Pinellas sheriff's deputies blocked off a wide swath of sand around the grenade, and summoned a bomb squad. Within about two hours, shortly after noon, authorities had secured the device and reopened the beach.
The grenade was corroded with barnacles latched to its round shell. Authorities planned to X-ray it before deciding on a next step, like detonation.
Vogan hung around until the bomb squad told him the grenade was a dud. 

Deep Search Metal Detecting Club 2014 Picnic & Beach Hunt

Photos from Our Third Annual Club Picnic & Beach Hunt held on September 27th at Long Branch NJ

Volunteer members preparing for beach hunt

Hunt Prizes on display 

Deep Search Club President Jack Giarraffa enjoying his morning coffee

Equipment check

Club Treasurer
Glen Gunther
keeping track 
of all the details 

Monday, September 29, 2014

' Lucky Luke' Wins Not One, But Two Metal Detectors

Our Third Annual Deep Search Metal Detecting Club picnic & beach hunt held Sunday September 27, 2014 at Seven Presidents Park in Long Branch NJ  was a huge success !

We will be posting pictures from our club picnic and hunt very soon. In the meanwhile, we are excited and yes amazed to introduce our Grand prize winner 'Lucky Luke'.

After completing one of two beach hunts, prizes were awarded to those who recovered special numbered medallions. The number on the medallions corresponded to another number preselected to a specific prize.
Well young Luke age 11 pictured on the left with his Dad Rich won a Tesoro Metal Detector.

If that were not enough, a little more than one hour later Lucas had the winning ticket for a White's Coinmaster  GT.
Needless to say Luke was all smiles and his Dad is now calling him 'Lucky Luke'

Club President Jack Giarraffa left, Luke's Dad Rich and 'Lucky Luke'



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Website Ranks Metal Detectors
You can also cast your vote for the best detector

<< Rated #1

1 Garrett AT PRO International
Whites MXT PRO
3 Minelab E-TRAC  
4 XP Deus
5 Garrett ACE 250  
Minelab CTX 3030
7 Whites Spectra V3i
8 Fisher F75
9 Garrett Euro Ace (suited for recovering deeply buried european coins & artifacts)
10 Whites Coinmaster and Whites Coinmaster

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Retired FDNY Firefighter Returns Lost Ring Found On Beach

A Queens New York woman thought all hope was lost when her 1.3-carat engagement ring worth $13,600 went missing in the sands of Robert Moses State Park — and joked on Facebook that “some broke metal-detector dude” might pocket it.
She was half-right. There was a guy with a metal detector, but it was a retired city firefighter who did the right thing.
Erin Carrozzo, of Flushing, told The Post she was devastated when her “pride and joy” went missing along with her diamond-encrusted wedding band on Aug. 4, shortly after removing them to apply sunscreen at the beach.                                                                                               
Carrozzo frantically searched the sand, but her bling was nowhere to be found. Heartbroken, she reported the rings missing and left the beach empty-handed.
But retired FDNY firefighter Mike Cogan, 66, detected the ring two days after it was lost.
“It was absolutely spectacular,” he said. “Happy as I was, I realized the poor woman who lost this had to be devastated.”
He wrote about his “find of a lifetime” on Craigslist, but no one responded. That’s when he posted a picture of the wedding band in a Facebook post Aug. 21 that was shared a few hundred times.
Eventually, a couple of Carrozzo’s Facebook friends tagged her in the post — and she ­instantly recognized the ring.
Source: NY Post  Photos: Joe DeMaria
Read the story

Girl Finds Prehistoric Spear Point on Long Branch NJ Beach- Boy Finds 10,000 Year old Arrowhead

An 11-year-old Fair Lawn girl found a pre-historic projectile point in Long Branch NJ beach on Labor Day, less than a month after a previous discovery on Long Beach Island.
Victoria Doroshenko was collecting seashells at Seven Presidents Park in Long Branch NJ when she found what looked like a spear point made of stone.

Read her story Story and photo from the Asbury Park Press

Further down the shore...
Boy finds 10,000-year-old arrowhead on beach
In August,  Noah Cordle, 10, of Virginia, found a Paleoindian projectile point in Beach Haven, estimated to be between 8,000 and 11,000 years old.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Staten Island Treasure Hunters Not Happy Campers

Blame New York City Park Restrictions for Lack of Loot

Metal-detector hobbyists say there's a reason they never make any good discoveries —the Parks Department bans them from many locations.

Read Their Story:

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Relic Hunting Adventure Trip

This sounds neat but is it worth the fee they charge?

Company in South Carolina 'Addam's Artifacts & Relic Hunting Adventures' offers relic hunting trips

 here is what their web site says…
   "We supply all the tools necessary to find the artifacts. Each client is supplied with a top-of-the-line metal detector and recovery tools for the hunt. Before the digging begins, clients are given the history of the site, instructions on how to use the metal detector, and proper recovery techniques. After the hunt we will identify the recovered items and provide conservation information and ideas on displaying your recoveries. Once you have recovered that lost piece of history it is yours to keep and cherish. We are open year-round depending on weather conditions and we can accommodate parties up to 12.
   The relic hunter should dress appropriately for the type of terrain we will encounter. Always have closed-toe shoes, boots are preferred. Also hats, sunscreen, bug spray, water, and possibly a snack are suggested. Remember you will be in the great outdoors with mother nature so wear clothing that you don't mind getting dirty. "

Fee Schedule Per Person:

Half Day Relic Hunt (3 Hours)  $90
Whole Day Relic Hunt (6 Hours) $160

British Comedy About Metal Detecting to be Shown On BBC Four TV (The Telly for you Brits)

Filming starts on Mackenzie Crook sitcom Detectorists

Monday 9th June 2014 @ 10:47am
Detectorists. Andy (Mackenzie Crook). Image credit: Channel X.Cameras are now rolling on the new sitcom fromThe Office actor Mackenzie Crook.

Written and directed by the Pirates Of The Caribbean star, Detectorists is a six-part comedy for BBC Four about two friends who share a passion for metal detecting.

The show will star Mackenzie Crook alongside The Hunger Games and Harry Potter actor Toby Jones. The duo play Andy and Lance, a pair of metal detector enthusiasts who act like an old married couple when they're together.

Producers explain: "They gripe at each other, but there is a true bond underneath. Each has their own slightly dysfunctional lives but together they dream of finding a priceless Saxon hoard that will cement their place in detecting history."

The BBC adds: "Helping them along the way is a delightfully quirky crowd of characters who are drawn to this all-absorbing hobby. Across the six episodes, greed, betrayal, rejection and finally redemption are all played out as the boys and their eccentric friends at the Danbury Metal Detecting Club search for that one big find."

Detectorists will be filmed in Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex during June and July, with Rachael Stirling (Boy Meets Girl), Aimee-Ffion Edwards (Walking And Talking) and Lucy Benjamin (Lisa Fowler in EastEnders) amongst the cast joining Crook and Jones on set.

Mackenzie Crook, himself an occasional detectorist, says: "This is my first time directing but, though it's sometimes nerve wracking, I'm confident that I have an incredible team to rely on. I have managed to gather my ideal cast. Toby, Rachel, Aimee-Ffion and Lucy are all actors I've worked with before and I know I'm in safe hands. For years British television has been screaming out for an archaeology based sitcom... hasn't it?"

Executive Producer Kristian Smith comments: "Mackenzie's scripts take us into a charming world that many of us haven't seen before. They are smart, funny and beautifully observed."

Adam Tandy, the show's producer, adds: "There is a little bit of the detectorist in everyone, whether or not they care to admit it, so it's glorious to be out in a field actually swinging equipment at last."

Detectorists will be shown on BBC Four in late 2014.