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    Finds from the Beach - Kingston, Ontario

    Hello Friends!

    I was overnight on business in Kingston, ON last night and decided to hit the one and only beach there. It's only about 30' wide x 15' deep and was extremely trashy! The beach is actually located behind a factory and is really difficult to find, but with the assistance of a buddy who lives there I found it pretty easily.

    I started off by digging a rifle shell, probably a .308 I then found a silverplated spoon, the toy plane, a cufflink and assorted change. I did manage to pull a '33 Penny, a '52 Penny, a Chuckie Cheese Token and a "junk" silverplated child's ring.

    Thanks for looking and the best of luck to everyone!

    Dave


    History of Kingston, Ontario

    Kingston, Ontario is a Canadian city located in Eastern Ontario where the St. Lawrence River flows out of Lake Ontario. Originally a First Nations, growing European exploration in the 17th Century made it an important trading post. In order to control the fur trade, French explorer LaSalle founded Fort Frontenac in 1673. Located midway between Toronto and Montreal, Kingston was named the first capital of the Province of Canada on February 15, 1841, by Governor Lord Sydenham. While its time as a political centre was short, Kingston remained an important military installation. Kingston is nicknamed the "Limestone City" because of the many historic buildings built from the local limestone.

    The French originally settled here in 1673 and established Fort Cataraqui, later to be called Fort Frontenac. The fort was captured and destroyed by the British in the Battle of Fort Frontenac during the Seven Years' War in 1758. A receiving centre for fleeing refugees from the American Revolution some years later, Kingston became the primary community of southeastern Upper Canada. United Empire Loyalists formed a significant part of an expanding population in the area at the end of the 18th century. Loyalists who had originally sought refuge at Carleton Island during the Revolutionary War arrived at Cataraqui after the area was surveyed in 1783. One of these Loyalists was Molly Brant (the sister of Six Nations Leader Joseph Brant). A large group of Loyalists led by Captain Michael Grass arrived in 1784, having sailed from New York and up the St. Lawrence River. Fort Frontenac was restored to accommodate a military garrison that would defend the new community. Cataraqui was referred to as "the King's Town" or "King's Town" by 1787 in honour of King George III. The name was shortened to "Kingston" in 1788.

    During the War of 1812, Kingston was the base for the Lake Ontario division of the Great Lakes British naval fleet which engaged in a vigorous arms race with the American fleet based at Sackett's Harbor, New York for control of Lake Ontario. After the war, Britain built Fort Henry and a series of distinctive Martello towers to guard the entrance to the Rideau Canal. All still exist, and Fort Henry is a popular tourist attraction. Kingston was chosen as the first capital of the united Canadas and served in that role from 1841 to 1844. The first meeting of the Parliament of the United Canadas on June 13, 1841, was held on the site of what is now Kingston General Hospital. The city was considered too small and lacking in amenities, however, and its location made it vulnerable to American attack. Consequently, the capital was moved to alternating locations in Montreal and Toronto, and then later to Ottawa in 1857.

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    Antiquarian - a person who collects and studies antiquities or relics of the past.

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    Re: Finds from the Beach - Kingston, Ontario

    I think .303 british on the shell, but I love that little airplane, I think they called those gee bees.
    them that dive will be the lucky ones !!

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    Re: Finds from the Beach - Kingston, Ontario

    Quote Originally Posted by wwwtimmcp
    I think .303 british on the shell, but I love that little airplane, I think they called those gee bees.
    Thanks for your help on the shell Tim! I'm not very familiar with shell casings, as I grew up in the city.
    It does say "Dominion" on it, but that's all I can read, as it's pretty corroded.

    Dave
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    Re: Finds from the Beach - Kingston, Ontario

    And an awesome looking key!!

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    Re: Finds from the Beach - Kingston, Ontario

    Pretty good finds Dave for such a small and trashy beach. Glad you gave it the old college try! HH

    Desertfox
    Happy Hunting

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    Re: Finds from the Beach - Kingston, Ontario

    I think I would give that area another go if you get the chance! That little plane is neat, well done, nice find
    Chocadog

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    Re: Finds from the Beach - Kingston, Ontario

    Quote Originally Posted by Tigger
    And an awesome looking key!!
    Thanks Tigger!
    Too bad it doesn't the lock I found though!

    Dave


    Quote Originally Posted by desertfox
    Pretty good finds Dave for such a small and trashy beach. Glad you gave it the old college try! HH

    Desertfox
    Thanks very much Paul!
    Hope you're getting some hunting time in this year?

    Best of luck to you,
    Dave


    Quote Originally Posted by Chocadog
    I think I would give that area another go if you get the chance! That little plane is neat, well done, nice find
    Thanks for the advice Chocadog!

    I agree the area has a lot of potential; when I was there a couple of weeks ago I found a number of square nails. The site is actually really big, even though the beach is very small.

    Thanks again,
    Dave
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    Re: Finds from the Beach - Kingston, Ontario

    Nice group of finds Dave!
    love the 1800s pic, too bad the lake doesn't have tides.
    No doubt lots of items were dropped off those piers during transfer
    Desire is oft more pleasant than acquisition

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    Re: Finds from the Beach - Kingston, Ontario

    i know a someone that goes to Kingston to detect, he finds lots of old coins in the old parks.

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    Nice loot, Man-o-man I can't believe the flippin Chucky cheese token infestation has moved north of the border :P

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    the airplane and the key are my favorites of the finds !
    ALLEN

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    Re: Finds from the Beach - Kingston, Ontario

    Quote Originally Posted by steelheadwill
    Nice group of finds Dave!
    love the 1800s pic, too bad the lake doesn't have tides.
    No doubt lots of items were dropped off those piers during transfer
    Thanks very much Herbie!

    I hear what you're saying about the "Wharf District", unfortunately the area has completely changed today.

    Here's a picture of what the area looks like today . . .
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    Antiquarian - a person who collects and studies antiquities or relics of the past.

    “I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a-hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.”
    “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
    “Life's hard. It's even harder when you're stupid.”
    ― John Wayne

 

 

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