Friday, November 9, 2012
In 1975 on November 10th the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald sank. The song by Gordon Lightfoot memorialized it, I have thought about it. It wasn't until my husband's job took us to Michigan that I even understood why the great lakes were The Great Lakes. So today, I would like to remember the families who husbands and fathers went down with that great ship.
My husband's Grandfather was one of those kind of men who was a adventurer. He did the things in his life that most people just dream about. He was the most incredible man I have ever had the privilege of knowing. He made a underwater metal detector for a man who did salvage looking for treasure from sunken ships.
When Grandpa would come to visit, my kids would sit with open mouths and wide eyes as he would tell them stories. All of them still miss him so much. They are always remarking about how they wish they could talk to him again.
Anyway on one of his visits he brought us some silver coins that was found on this sunken ship.
Capt Jack Steffney has recovered over 800 silver coins and artifacts from several of his finds after his original discovery of the San Fernando's death spot." The ship sank on July 13, 1733 during a hurricane when it struck the reefs between Marathon and upper Key Largo, Florida.
He goes on to add that he found " Piller dollars since they bear a date of either 1732 or 1733 during the first year and the very first minted round coin's were made in the new world."
I believe that these are either pieces of 8 or pieces of 4 they aren't the Piller dollars. Those are too valuable. These coins are solid silver.
I just love old things that have stories of their own. Each time I hold them in my hands a movie starts playing in my head about when the ship went down and then when the coins were found again and now I hold them in my hand. I imagine I will pass them on to my grand children.
Life is always so interesting and I am so thankful today for the blessed opportunities to have got to share it with such amazing people.
Have a great Friday!