As late Summer slips into early Autumn my Thanet Beachcombing season begins and from September to March the general finds on the coast really do start to pick up. Summertime can be good but the better finds are normally restricted to the low water mark because of the settled weather and the advantage of daylight hours . Whereas in the Autumn and Winter months the unsettled weather is more challenging offering so much diversity that anything can turn up anywhere at anytime.
Like many local Beachcombers/Treasure Hunters I do approach each season with a plan and the readiness is really based on whether will this year be the one. The one being a great storm.
Throughout history there are accounts of many great storms and in living memory the years 1953 and 1978 do come to mind. The January and February storm of 1996 was the last decent storm , but unfortunately or fortunately whichever way you look at it the Thanet sea defences worked in 1996 so there was very little drama. The only events of any merit in 1996 was the wartime Tongue Fort collapsing, a ship ("Argus") aground on the rocks by the Lido at Cliftonville and the final remains of the derelict Margate Jetty reduced to stumps. Plus the remains of the "Tartar" (29/03/1916) turning up at Foreness Point.
However, these big storms do make permanent changes to the coastline and it is the erosion in the following weeks or months after the storm that many more interesting finds both historical and natural can be found. This generally happens while the local authorities are carrying out repairs to the sea defences. When this does happen it is possible to work out what is buried in a large area by what is found in the smaller areas of a particular site while the erosion is taking place.
Collecting this Data makes it so much easier should another storm erode the same area again because I am able to pin point exactly where to go. From this I am able to come up with my wish list of top places to go should the mother of all storms hit the Thanet Coastline.
Top of the list is Palm Bay oppposite the Jet Ski cafe, then Newgate Gap to the Lido, Fort Point and the sand behind the Droit House. I would like to add Margate Main sands but I doubt if a century of silting up will move in my life time. The list is all Margate and my knowledge of Margate does cover over 30 years of discovery.
However now I live in Ramsgate I am slowly but surely building up a knowledge base there which I will blog later.