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HI! I’m Roy Volker, long-time treasure salvager on the 1715 fleet on Florida’s “Treasure Coast” and author of Treasure Under Your Feet. The time has come to hang up my mask and fins and let you younger pups take over. I have a great deal here for one of you seasoned TH-ers…or someone just putting a dive operation together. I believe in redundant systems.  That is why I have two identical Proton Magnetometers on my operations. If I have the boat out working, especially at a remote site in the Bahamas, Grand Cayman, or elsewhere in the Caribbean, every day’s search or recovery is important to my success.

Having two identical Mags aboard has saved my time (and time equals money at sea) many times in the past. Magnetometers are subject to the changes in Earth’s magnetic fields —and to atmospheric conditions as well. If we had a day where one Mag was “acting weird,” we’d plug in the second one for comparison. If both act up, then we are experiencing “atmospherics” and we switch to another phase of our project for the day. If one unit were to break down, we never had to return to port for repair, we just launched the second system and continued our search and survey. 

Here’s my offer. I want $5,000 apiece for these systems, $10,000 for both. This includes the Electronics Package plus two Sensor Heads with 100 feet of cable for each system. If you buy one or both systems I will train you here at my home on all the ins and outs of “magging” and acquaint you with these very special units. Free. I will also introduce you to the manufacturer’s technical representative right here who can offer you prompt maintenance back-up. 

I don’t expect this offer to take long to gel. It’s good gear (the best in my opinion), and the price is right. My PHONE: 636-928-2459. My ADDRESS: Royal Pulse, Inc. / 1277 Stephan Ridge Road / St. Charles, MO 63304. Let’s talk! Tell me Ernie Richards sent you.


Direct Reading Magnetometer Model 595


• Direct reading, in Gamma

• Up-to date Reliable Integrated Circuits

• Digital Indication on Number Tubes
• Maximum Accuracy and no Drift

• Elaborated Tuning Procedures Eliminated  

• Integral Analog Recording Facilities

• Automatic Battery Charging Capability


Field Strength Coverage:           24,000 to 72,000 Gamma in switched ranges

Sensitivity:                                +/- 0.5 Gamma

Absolute Calibration:                1 part in 100,000 over full temperature range

Tolerable External Gradient:      200 Gamma/meter for full accuracy; 800 Gamma/meter for +/- 2 Gamma accuracy

Repetition Rate:                        1, 2, 4, 8, 60 Seconds (also by manual pushbuttons)

Measurement:                           Direct Reading in Gammas

Display:                                    On 5 digital Nixie tubes; figures 1.5 cm high.



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Posted 25 August 2004.
A Colonial Expedient

Throughout the history of the Spanish exploitation of the New World there was the great temptation of “salting away a little something” for oneself. “Saving for a rainy day” as it were. As shipwrecks of the period are uncovered and studied, some very ingenious methods of hiding contraband on board these returning vessels come to light. Thick, one-ounce, 1-1/2-inch long wood screws of silver were found in the wreckage of the 1733 Spanish treasure fleet in the Florida Keys; a six-inch nail of high-karat gold was recovered from the treasure fleet of 1715 off Florida’s east coast. And we have seen 7- to 8-inch spikes made of solid silver and having “arrowhead-shaped” points reportedly having come from these wrecks. All would have been screwed or pounded into some plank or beam on the ship, where they could be retrieved by the owner upon arrival in Spain. And all would have been painted over with tar or black paint to hide their true identities. Smuggling, hiding contraband materials to avoid paying taxes (even at the risk of prison or death), was a fact of life in all colonies of all nations, and the way of all ships and men at sea. >>>

Ingots —silver bars and gold bars— were more difficult to hide from the prying eyes of customs officials (many of whom would look the other way for a small consideration!) A ten-inch bar of nearly pure gold weighing three or four pounds could easily be stashed on one’s person or in one’s baggage —but, if found by inspectors… Perhaps a couple dozen slice-of-pie shaped silver ingots were retrieved from a ship of the 1715 plate fleet. Being “wedge” shaped, they gave the name to the “Wedge Wreck” just north of Ft. Pierce Inlet. When assembled as a pie (6 or 8 wedges point to point), they could have been concealed in the bottom of a keg of, perhaps, tar or rum and hidden from view on the trip to Spain. Ponderous bricks of silver bullion, as shipped aboard the Atocha (sunk in 1622), the “Capitana” (sunk in 1654), and Las Maravillas (sunk in 1656) were larger than breadloaves and weighed 70-90 pounds each, a little too bulky to be carried in milady’s handbag.
The logistics of shipping and landing this private wealth was eased by paying the king’s tax, the shipper’s fees, and all the various other taxes levied on each ingot … all the way back to Spain, but who wanted to diminish his own wealth by paying all these fees (the king alone got 20% of the value)!!?? Again, from the wreckage of galleons comes the (not-so) surprising answer that not all of these large ingots had been taxed by the king’s appointed officials in the Americas. Many were found without his tax stamp, many bore only marks of the shipper and the intended receiver, and some were not marked at all. …The plot thickens… It is obvious from examining the over 1,000 silver ingots recovered from Nuestra Señora de Atocha that many, many bars, smaller and more manageable in size and weight —all without the prescribed markings— were also cargo on the homebound galleons. vvv
The 1-1/2-pound contraband silver ingot shown here went to the bottom of the Bay of Guayaquíl, Ecuador in 1654. Perhaps in the pocket of a passenger, it was traveling aboard the capitana of the South Seas Armada of that year, Jesús María de la Límpia Concepción, when the overladen galleon sank. At 4-1/4 inches in length, 2-1/10 inches in width, and 3/4 of an inch thick, the ingot is hardly larger than a bar of bath soap, but its value was equivalent to about 24 silver pieces-of-eight (at $200 each, colonial purchasing power) or 1.5 gold 8-escudo doubloons! 

--Ernie Richards, EN RADA Publications >>>

This intriguing example of 17th-century contraband is one of three returned to SubAmerica Discoveries, Inc., in its division with the government of Ecuador. It has not one identifying mark stamped into it, attesting to its illegitimacy, and it displays the rounded edges and discoloration which come from being immersed in salt water and sand for over 300 years. 

FOR SALE: SORRY! SOLD! This artifact from the capitana of 1654 comes with a SubAmerica Discoveries Certificate of Authentication signed by Sr. Herman Moro, resident leaseholder for the site of the ship’s wreckage when it was discovered. ~~

YOU'VE ALWAYS SAID THAT YOU WANTED ONE! Well here is your opportunity to own a bronze shipboard-type rail gun from the 1600s! A perfect size for your living room or den, this ornate five-foot cannon, complete with its original swivel yoke, is already mounted on a custom-made oak display carriage. SEE SPECIFICATIONS BELOW.
Re-Posted 02 August 2004
Mid- to Late-1600s
Excellent. Dark Green (even) Patina
Found "off the coast of Borneo"
5 Feet o.a.
175 Pounds
Yoke inserted into Oak Carriage
1-1/2 inches
"The cannonballs are for show only. They are 1-3/4" in diameter and will not fit in the barrel. I made them for the display."
"The Cannoneer"
36440 Hillcrest Drive
Eastlake, OH 44095
PH: 800/557-1715 (order line)
I'VE GOT MINE...AND IT'S GREAT! Just completed and hot off the presses (Feb., 2002) is the Bibliography of Sunken Treasure Books by Dave Crooks. If you take your hunting or collecting seriously, this long-needed work is a must for your library and can save you years of digging through references for the information you require. 
“FIND OUT WHAT YOUR COLLECTION IS MISSING!” says the book’s flyer. It lists 750+ titles about sunken treasures, underwater archaeology, shipwreck coins, ceramics & artifacts...with annotations and edition information. The 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” format paperback book is some 400 pages long. 
Listing at $24.95 plus $3.95 Priority Mail postage in the U.S. (overseas postage at cost.) Dave’s Treasure Bib” is only available from the author:Dave Crooks, P. O. Box 166, Clarendon Hills, IL 60514. You may ‘phone him at 630/271-9881 or e-mail him at
Re-posted 02 August 2004.