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Which is more disturbing.......

Discussion in 'Underwater Treasures' started by Chatterton, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. Chatterton

    Chatterton Tech Instructor

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    Okay, I am struggling with this one. I am not sure which is more disturbing, a criminal mastermind wreck diver who believes it is okay to loot protected shipwrecks and then gets caught by the the TSA.......... or a genius who thinks it is okay to put old ordinance in his checked luggage and then get on the plane???? Either way, I am sure the people who were evacuated now think very highly of divers. :)


     
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  2. beaverdivers

    beaverdivers ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    Both, got any Spanish coins to toss up to decide.
     
  3. Gilldiver

    Gilldiver Contributor

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    John, and you never saw 3" shells pulled out of the San Diego and get the war hear hammered off on the back of the boat - all the while smelling the ether from the cordite off gassing ...........
     
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  4. Ste Wart

    Ste Wart Master Instructor

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    I'm impressed he managed to stay within his baggage weight limit.
     
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  5. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board Staff Member

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    Did they figure out which wreck it came off of?

    But yeah, people simply don't respect antique ordnance. I am reminded of the "last casualty" of the civil war. This guy blew himself up while polishing an explosive round. Most people think that they can get away with mostly because they haven't thought everything through first.
     
  6. Wookie

    Wookie Curmudgeon Apprentice ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I'd bet it came from Biscayne National Park. You know the place, the one marked on the charts that says "don't go here". Kind of like placing a bar zone in a foreign country off limits and telling the sailors "don't go here".
     
  7. Capt Scotty

    Capt Scotty Dive Charter

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    lol....As I watched this on the news the other morning it brought back memories of the destruction of a friends garage who was a legal treasure hunter. He had a cannon ball explode and wipe out a rack of shelving and made one heck of a mess of some other stuff...
     
  8. ianr33

    ianr33 Solo Diver

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    How does a cannon ball explode? It's just a lump of metal.Or am I missing something?

    Round shot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    What's wrong with putting old local laws on a plane?
     
  9. Wookie

    Wookie Curmudgeon Apprentice ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    It's only low pressure steel cannonballs that explode when somebody plugs off the burst disc port... :D
     
  10. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board Staff Member

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    Not all cannon balls are solid shot: some are shells filled with explosives. Unless the diver knows how to tell the difference, he should treat it as explosive. i am not sure that I could tell the difference, especially if it was encrusted. It seems that there were a lot of assumptions made and I still wonder where it came from. Read the article I cited for how the fun ended for a civil war buff who buffed one too many times on what he thought was solid shot. Here's a list of projectiles that a cannon can fire: List of cannon projectiles - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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