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#390129 - 10/17/10 04:44 PM Treasure Chest Of Gold Found On Ambergris Caye
Indiana-Jones Offline
Now that I have your attention I would like to start a discussion about your experiences in looking for gold coins. Anyone have a metal detector that you use to comb the beach with? Any serious treasure hunters living on Ambergris Caye?


Old Indiana likes to hunt for treasure also. I would like to hear your stories.


http://www.treasurenet.com/forum/shipwrecks/messages/1003925.shtml
"on the beach in the Tackle Box Bar area, immediately south of the main park, several U.S. gold coins dating 1880 to 1900 were found. These were usually found after severe storm surges. Local folklore says that there was a wealthy old man who used to bathe there by pouring the gold coins over himself like water." This was taken from the web address above.


On the web address below you can read about an old man (now dead I understand) who came out of jungle on Ambergris Caye and told two treasure seekers (this happened on two separate occasions) about gold just offshore in five feet of water. It is an interesting story:


"I was approached with a similar story about 2 years ago from a similar old man out of the jungle. I asked around, and it turns out his name was Paisano, and he used to be very wealthy...and the governer or mayor of Sand Pedro actually. Then he lost his mind (and his money) and became a jungle / beach bum. He recently passed away, so we'll never know."

You can see a picture of this old man also on the thread below:

http://forum.treasurenet.com/index.php?topic=41718.0


Belize coastal pirate encampments in the past:
http://ambergriscaye.com/fieldguide/history2.html


Happy treasure hunting, Indiana


P.S. If several gold coins have been found near the Tackle Box Bar area after storm surges this must indicate there is quite a substantial loss of gold coins offshore in the water somewhere. Does anyone know when the last coins were found?
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#390133 - 10/17/10 05:31 PM Re: Treasure Chest Of Gold Found On Ambergris Caye [Re: Indiana-Jones]
elbert Offline
Richie Woods was the guy for treasure! He knew the old wrecks better than anyone and published some maps in his book.
You wont get any place serious talking about Piasino.
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#390135 - 10/17/10 05:45 PM Re: Treasure Chest Of Gold Found On Ambergris Caye [Re: elbert]
Indiana-Jones Offline
Originally Posted By: elbert
You wont get any place serious talking about Piasino.


Yes, I am aware of that. Who was this guy Piasino anyway?
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#390137 - 10/17/10 06:06 PM Re: Treasure Chest Of Gold Found On Ambergris Caye [Re: Indiana-Jones]
elbert Offline
Lebanese I believe, lots of wild tales but all I knew was 20 years of colorful street person begging or stealing to get by.
Heard a couple of women say they knew him in younger days as healthy, muscular and handsome fisherman but never rich and for sure not mayor or governor.
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#390139 - 10/17/10 06:12 PM Re: Treasure Chest Of Gold Found On Ambergris Caye [Re: Indiana-Jones]
elbert Offline
I've found square copper nails and old bottles at the streach of beach from big daddys to tackel box, but that area has been the islands central dock area for centurys. Its where ships pulled up to repair and central location of island James Howard Blakes Dock in the 1800's.
Richie Woods drew a map of The Tres Coco's wreck and it was fun to search there until Keith . I would find Delft China (broken),spoons , forks , nails bottles and shot balls. I dont believe in treasure hunting, its a sickness and i try not to spend to much time on it or the lottery.
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#390140 - 10/17/10 06:18 PM Re: Treasure Chest Of Gold Found On Ambergris Caye [Re: Indiana-Jones]
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#390141 - 10/17/10 06:27 PM Re: Treasure Chest Of Gold Found On Ambergris Caye [Re: Indiana-Jones]
Short Offline
They are both on the "Gone but not forgotten" forum:
This is Paisano and this is Richie Woods.
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#390142 - 10/17/10 06:42 PM Re: Treasure Chest Of Gold Found On Ambergris Caye [Re: Indiana-Jones]
elbert Offline
Great Photo of Richie!

THE "YEALDHAM" ("YELDHAM") 1800'S BRITISH MERCHANTMAN AT TRES COCOS JUST OFF SAN PEDRO TOWN

In the 1960's a group of divers did some work on the wreck off Tres Cocos, the large channel immediately north of the town of San Pedro. This wreck was identified by Hamilton Anderson (the then archaeologist in Belize) as the "Yealdham", an English merchant ship lost in 1800. Very little official excavation was carried out at this wreck, but some fine china (Leeds china), silver candlesticks, silver and pewter serving pieces, brass door handles and many cannon balls were found. No large amounts of either gold or silver were apparently recovered from this wreck. David Pendergast (Mayan archaeologist with the Royal Ontario Museum) edited a diary written by a man named Caddy in the 1800's, and subsequently published the diary in the book Palenque. In this book, mention is made that gunnery officers from Belize came to Ambergris Caye and removed the cannon from this wreck. They were refitted and placed for action at Fort George (built 1803) on the mouth of the Belize River. Consequently, modern divers will not see cannon on this wreck. One anchor was removed in the 60's and was placed outside the present Fort George Hotel in Belize City. The other anchor was later placed on display in front of the Paradise Hotel on Ambergris Caye. When the foundation for the Ambergris Lodge was excavated, quite a few cannon balls were unearthed. At Fido's Hotel, proximal to the Ambergris Lodge, many bottles and a bronze barrel spigot (faucet) were found during construction excavations. Perhaps these items were related to the "Yealdham" as it is the wreck closest to San Pedro Town. Off the graveyard, in about 6 foot of water, a gold three tined fork was recovered by a snorkeler. The handle of this fork was about as thick as a little finger and was decorated with three elephant heads. Beachcombing, one finds many parts of old European bottles. Other cannon, anchors and the like are displayed around San Pedro for the visitor to see.
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#390144 - 10/17/10 06:46 PM Re: Treasure Chest Of Gold Found On Ambergris Caye [Re: Indiana-Jones]
elbert Offline
The book had a map in it i cant find on the net but its just on the outer north side of the tres cocos Cut , or was before Keith. the artifacts i found where in 10 to 15 feet of water on the north side of the cut.
Knock yourself out
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#390154 - 10/17/10 08:37 PM Re: Treasure Chest Of Gold Found On Ambergris Caye [Re: Indiana-Jones]
GwenA Offline
I bought a 1700's gin bottle from a shop in town about 12 years ago. It came from a ship. Nobody knew what it was, but I had been wanting one for a long time, so I did.

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