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Old 07-23-2019, 09:46 AM
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Lots of interesting things actually. As most know I dive in a spot called Poor Man's Beach. it is right outside Selfridge ANG base which used to be Selfridge AFB. One of the very first Air Force Bases in the USA. Opened in 1916 and had Curtis Jenny airplanes delivered then. This is where I find the WW1 practice bombs, the Lewis machine gun magazines and thousands of bullets and casings. Curtis Jenny bi-planes had an open cockpit and stuff was easily dropped out of the planes.

Poor Man's Beach is only accessible by boat as it is only a sandbar. It is named that because folks that have their boats in the marina's idle out to the beach, swim and idle back into their slips. They never get on plane and do not use much gas.

So now you have a little history of my dive area. Here is a post I put on Facebook a few days ago.

Dropped by Pilot or Captain, you be the judge!

Out at Poor Mans the last couple of days. Having a blast with my metal detector. In my adventures I came across something out of the ordinary. So lets have a history lesson.

Most know Poor Man's was a practice gunning and bombing range for Selfridge AFB WAY back starting in 1916. The very first planes Selfridge had were Curtis Jenning by-planes. They were open cockpit and had a Lewis machine gun mounted on the front.

I have found two Lewis machine gun magazines out there along with 6 Mark 1 practice bombs. These bombs and magazines were dropped sometime after 1916 but probably before WW1. I find thousands of 30 cal machine gun bullets and cases out there from the planes.

So in my finds out there yesterday I found a 1898 Barber quarter. Standing liberty quarters were minted starting in 1916. Safe to say that Barber quarters were still in circulation.

So did a pilot toss one out, Did he bank too fast and it fell out or was it dropped by a boat captain. We will never know. A fun find along with a silver ring, another 1945 quarter and a 1945 walking liberty half dollar. Today I found two silver dimes from the 1950's and two more silver rings.

Some 50 cal bullets and shells, sunglasses, a very nice Danforth 920 anchor and a bunch of odds and ends concluded my fun out there.

Yesterdays adventures included finding sun glasses at Mac Ray, prescription glasses in the Black river and inspecting a boat for damage. Today was a unique gas cap at Mac Ray and a phone at Jefferson beach.

Two no finds yesterday were a ring in lake Huron at a sand bar and a pair of glasses in a ton of weeds in lake St Clair, and it got way too dark for me to see and I had no luck feeling for them. Hard to tell where the person was in the open water.










Anyway that drew the attention of a lot of people including Channel 7 news in Detroit. They are going to do a diving story on my adventures very soon. They also want to come to my home and take pictures of my small museum. Kind of exciting.

Along with 8 boat anchors and a ton more 30 and 50 cal shells, I have pulled up 3 silver rings, A St. Christopher pendant a 1945 half, a 1945 quarter, two dimes from the 1950's and of course the 1898 quarter. Lots of new change, sunglasses, tools and junk.



It has been a very fun and enjoyable summer. I am diving every day for folks and have not been out much to play on my own. I have 4 dives lined up today.

So now everyone has the scoop. No exciting gold yet except that class ring and the 45 grand ring I found, both returned
. However, lots of satisfied and happy folks with their belongings returned.

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Old 07-23-2019, 10:14 AM
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Nice write-up, Scubadetector!
Love that WW1 stuff. Practice bombs are way cool.
Early on in the war, they would keep the bombs right in the cockpit and drop them by hand!
I'll bet that barber quarter has an interesting story.
Very cool!
Thanks for sharing!!!

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Old 07-23-2019, 10:21 AM
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Lots of interesting things actually. As most know I dive in a spot called Poor Man's Beach. it is right outside Selfridge ANG base which used to be Selfridge AFB. One of the very first Air Force Bases in the USA. Opened in 1916 and had Curtis Jenny airplanes delivered then. This is where I find the WW1 practice bombs, the Lewis machine gun magazines and thousands of bullets and casings. Curtis Jenny bi-planes had an open cockpit and stuff was easily dropped out of the planes.

Poor Man's Beach is only accessible by boat as it is only a sandbar. It is named that because folks that have their boats in the marina's idle out to the beach, swim and idle back into their slips. They never get on plane and do not use much gas.

So now you have a little history of my dive area. Here is a post I put on Facebook a few days ago.

Dropped by Pilot or Captain, you be the judge!

Out at Poor Mans the last couple of days. Having a blast with my metal detector. In my adventures I came across something out of the ordinary. So lets have a history lesson.

Most know Poor Man's was a practice gunning and bombing range for Selfridge AFB WAY back starting in 1916. The very first planes Selfridge had were Curtis Jenning by-planes. They were open cockpit and had a Lewis machine gun mounted on the front.

I have found two Lewis machine gun magazines out there along with 6 Mark 1 practice bombs. These bombs and magazines were dropped sometime after 1916 but probably before WW1. I find thousands of 30 cal machine gun bullets and cases out there from the planes.

So in my finds out there yesterday I found a 1898 Barber quarter. Standing liberty quarters were minted starting in 1916. Safe to say that Barber quarters were still in circulation.

So did a pilot toss one out, Did he bank too fast and it fell out or was it dropped by a boat captain. We will never know. A fun find along with a silver ring, another 1945 quarter and a 1945 walking liberty half dollar. Today I found two silver dimes from the 1950's and two more silver rings.

Some 50 cal bullets and shells, sunglasses, a very nice Danforth 920 anchor and a bunch of odds and ends concluded my fun out there.

Yesterdays adventures included finding sun glasses at Mac Ray, prescription glasses in the Black river and inspecting a boat for damage. Today was a unique gas cap at Mac Ray and a phone at Jefferson beach.

Two no finds yesterday were a ring in lake Huron at a sand bar and a pair of glasses in a ton of weeds in lake St Clair, and it got way too dark for me to see and I had no luck feeling for them. Hard to tell where the person was in the open water.










Anyway that drew the attention of a lot of people including Channel 7 news in Detroit. They are going to do a diving story on my adventures very soon. They also want to come to my home and take pictures of my small museum. Kind of exciting.

Along with 8 boat anchors and a ton more 30 and 50 cal shells, I have pulled up 3 silver rings, A St. Christopher pendant a 1945 half, a 1945 quarter, two dimes from the 1950's and of course the 1898 quarter. Lots of new change, sunglasses, tools and junk.



It has been a very fun and enjoyable summer. I am diving every day for folks and have not been out much to play on my own. I have 4 dives lined up today.

So now everyone has the scoop. No exciting gold yet except that class ring and the 45 grand ring I found, both retunre. However, lots of satisfied and happy folks with their belongings returned.
Love historic finds

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Old 07-23-2019, 10:23 AM
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Good to see your smiling and have no plans on stopping!! Always an Adventure...

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Old 07-23-2019, 10:26 AM
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So cool! Keep us updated on your adventures

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Those are some interesting finds! Love your encounters.

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Old 07-23-2019, 11:51 AM
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You just got to love this hobby.

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Old 07-23-2019, 01:50 PM
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I think I can speak for most of us here : When we log into the beach section of this forum, we immediately scan to see if there's any of the latest adventures of scuba-detector.

Always welcome and interesting posts. Pix, history-attached, save-the-day reunions, no-nonsense-attitude, etc...
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Old 07-23-2019, 03:46 PM
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Thanks for the write-up. Sounds like your having a busy summer. Glad you're helping paying customers but I hope you get time to yourself to play too.

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Enjoyed the write up, interesting stuff!

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Awesome, love the history!!!
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Awesome update, Scuba-D. I think they call it Poor Man's beach because people have been losing coins there(or on the toodle over) for a very long time!
Thanks for posting the 2 things you actually did not recover. Reminds us you are only human after all.
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Old 07-24-2019, 11:02 AM
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Lots of nice finds! Never know what you'll dig up from under the waves.....

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Thanks for the replies. Kind of hard to recover things that folks BELIEVE they know right where they dropped them. Especially in an open lake! Nobody has a clue to where they are. In a marina or a boat launch it is relatively easy.

Love this hobby and I am enjoying what it transpired into. Sure I am not finding much gold this year. But I am making folks very happy and I am enjoying life.

Going to be sad when this season ends. I might have to take a trip to somewhere warm and stay there.

Yesterday I did 6 dives for folks and all were a success. Glasses, phones and a boat screen. Life is good.

Today I am trying for a gold ear ring. Might be impossible but I have a few ideas to try to get that out of hiding.

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Yes. Making the local distressed folks happy with recoveries. And making us happy with great reads !
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Thanks for the replies. Kind of hard to recover things that folks BELIEVE they know right where they dropped them. Especially in an open lake! Nobody has a clue to where they are. In a marina or a boat launch it is relatively easy.

Love this hobby and I am enjoying what it transpired into. Sure I am not finding much gold this year. But I am making folks very happy and I am enjoying life.

Going to be sad when this season ends. I might have to take a trip to somewhere warm and stay there.

Yesterday I did 6 dives for folks and all were a success. Glasses, phones and a boat screen. Life is good.

Today I am trying for a gold ear ring. Might be impossible but I have a few ideas to try to get that out of hiding.
When it does get to cold there to dive this fall, may be you will consider a diving vacation to the Philippines , lots of sunken ships from both world war 2 ,Spanish American War , Spanish empire ships . Then there is the warm weather and pretty women . Would definatly be a change of pace for you.

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So glad you're having a rewarding summer, sounds like you've found a nice spot in life to be at.
Please post a link to the news story when they run it, we'd all love to see it!

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I love reading your posts. I follow you daily on facebook. Keep up the good work.

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Those are some awesome finds! You've been quite busy it seems!

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Very cool finds! Would you be able to post up a picture and/or video walkthrough of your small museum one of these day? I think a lot of us would be interested in seeing your stuff.

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