New Underwater Metal Detector from JW Fishers

JW Fishers Mfg. said it will introduce a new underwater metal detector for 2017: the SAR-1 Search and Recovery metal detector.

Tommy Thompson Found Civil War Treasure Ship S.S. Central America

Tommy G. Thompson was once one of the greatest treasure hunters of his time: A dark-bearded diver who hauled a trove of gold from the Atlantic Ocean in 1988 — dubbed the richest find in U.S. history.

Colorado Man Missing After New Mexico Treasure Hunting Trip

New Mexican search and rescue crews are looking for a man from Colorado after finding his dog and inflatable raft on the banks of the Rio Grande River near Santa Fe. No one has seen or heard from Randall “Randy” Bilyeu since Jan. 4. Bilyeu lives in Broomfield, Colorado with his dog Leo. The pair are part of a group of treasure hunters who go into the Rocky Mountains looking for a chest of gold a Santa Fe millionaire named Forrest Fenn says he hid. Bilyeu’s daughter, Carissa Nieves, describes her dad as fun, adventurous, caring and passionate. She says he loves Colorado and the mountains. Nieves tells FOX31 through Facebook, “I found it amazing that he wouldn’t get discouraged after not finding the treasure. He truly believed he would find it. But he really enjoyed the adventure.” She says ...

Wreckage Found of 33 Ships Lost for 144 Years Along Alaska Coastline

NOAA archaeologists have discovered the battered hulls of two 1800s whaling ships nearly 144 years after they and 31 others sank off the Arctic coast of Alaska in one of the planet’s most unexplored ocean regions. The shipwrecks, and parts of other ships, that were found are most likely the remains of 33 ships trapped by pack ice close to the Alaskan Arctic shore in September 1871. The whaling captains had counted on a wind shift from the east to drive the ice out to sea as it had always done in years past. The ships were destroyed in a matter of weeks, leaving more than 1,200 whalers stranded at the top of the world until they could be rescued by seven ships of the fleet standing by about 80 miles to the south in open water off Icy Cape. No one died in the incident but it is cited a...

England Man Returns World War II Dog Tags to American Soldier’s Family

A Nantwich, England man is sending a belated Christmas present to an American woman he has never met – the dog tags her uncle lost while he was serving in South Cheshire with the US army during the Second World War. Adam Currie found the dog tags belonging to Private Henry C Anthony last week while he was metal detecting in a field near Acton. The 28-year-old said his first reaction was to try to return them to their rightful owner. “The thought of keeping them never entered my mind,” said Adam, who immediately started researching the US soldier and tried to track him down. “Metal detectors get a reputation for being poachers but it’s not about finding things and thinking how much money it’s worth, it’s about the history behind it and how it got there.” Adam contacted Frances Cumero, of th...

Metal Detector Find Bronze Age Hoard Declared Historic

A CWMBRAN painter and decorator who made the find of a lifetime while metal detecting saw the hoard officially declared as valuable treasure today. Phillip Turton, 36, found the hoard of bronze and gold ornaments, buried with a bronze weapon and bronze axe, on finds at a farm in Llantrisant Fawr in Monmouthshire between September 2013 and March 2014. Experts have dated the hoard to the Taunton period of the Middle Bronze Age around 1400-1275 BC, or between 3,400-3,275 years ago. Dad-of-two Mr Turton, who only started metal detecting six years ago, said: “It’s the pinnacle; it’s every detectorist’s dream I suppose. It is the find of a lifetime and I’ve peaked a bit too early I think! “I hated history in school, I took geography. I really didn’t see the point of learning about the past when ...

Civil War History Unfolds For 16-year-old Metal Detector

The southern region of the United States is filled with rich history, making it a detecting playground for those who enjoy uncovering relics and artifacts that are usually reserved for museums and history books. That is the case for 16-year-old Dunwoody resident Britain Wilkerson Lockhart, whose journey began at the early age of 12 years old. Now with more than three years of detecting experience, Britain has had exceptional success around his hometown. Britain’s metal detecting interest was piqued after hearing his father’s stories about treasure hunters searching for lost relics and coins. His next trip to the beach was spent digging frantically for whatever he could find. Living in the South, Britain has a keen interest in unearthing Civil War relics and historical artifacts. “The part ...

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