Thought some of you interested in these things would enjoy seeing a stone ballast pile on the reef here in the TCI. I tied the line to one of the stones to anchor
a marker float so I could get a good GPS
on this site.
The stones include granite and blue slate, among others. The only native rock here is marine
limestone. period. So when we see these different shaped and colored stones we know what they are. They are covered in the marine
"dust" of centuries. Broken bottle parts
we found with this wreck site are handblown and circa 1720. Also found a lot of bricks and firebricks from the ships galley
. the blue slate likely came from the Azores
, hence a Portuguese or Spanish wreck. We have two other wreck sites in the same general area, boats that missed a cut in the reef and broke up.
The other photo
is six firebricks I stacked up, all picked up within 20 ft. of the photo
. Means the boat was big enough to have cooking
facilities, i.e. ocean-going and not local fishing
I really need an underwater metal detector, for this site and several others. We continue to search. Have some bearings taken in 83 to a reported "12 ft. anchor". We have a six foot one we recovered sitting next to the driveway.