by Grant McOmieBio | Email | Follow: @KGWNews
Posted on February 28, 2013 at 1:40 PM
Updated Friday, Mar 1 at 4:52 PM
There’s something about treasure hunting that’s irresistible and compelling; especially when it touches Oregon history and offers unique outdoor adventures too.
Rich Mulcahy likes to say, “When the tide goes out, the treasure table is set.”
“I think it’s that I am going after something that’s been lost, and I am digging in the sand to find it. I love to dig stuff.”
Rich walks long lonely stretches of the Oregon coast each day accompanied only by the excited sounds of his hand-held detector; the device is his constant companion.
The new evidence suggests the Hunley was less than 20 feet away from its torpedo when it exploded. Remnants of the 2-foot-long torpedo were found bolted to the 16-foot-long spar.
The discovery indicates that the torpedo, which held 135 pounds of gunpowder, did not separate from the spar but instead was placed under the Union ship. It was fired by command, not contact.
"There is overwhelming evidence to indicate this was not a suicide mission," South Carolina Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell, a Hunley commissioner, said in a statement. "They must have believed this was a safe enough distance to escape any harm. If so, they were at least partially right. Thus far, no damage has been found on the actual submarine caused by the explosion."
Because of the Hunley's proximity to the Housatonic and the amount of gunpowder, the concussion from the explosion could have damaged the sub and injured the crew. "Were some or all of them knocked out?" McConnell asked. "How long were they knocked out? Did the submarine's structure with rivets have a similar problem as the Titanic did when it brushed against the iceberg?" He added, "If the rivets give, the pressure of the water could cause leakage."
Scientists will use the new information to create computer simulations of the attack. Scientists also will start peeling away a layer of rock, sand and silt from the sub.
On a crisp, sunny day on the west side of Lake Hefner, Larry Dobbs walks on what once was water.
His metal detector makes a long beep followed by several short beeps. He's found something under the soft soil. With a trowel he digs up a 2-ounce lead fishing sinker.
Nearby, Dan Pierce is slowly swinging his metal detector back and forth.
“I've got money,” Pierce said. He digs up a copper penny. It's the start of this day's hunt.Treasure hunters in Oklahoma have found more ground to cover because of extended drought. On dry lakeshores, where the water used to be, metal detectors are finding collectible items
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