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Relic Discussion => Remembering The Great Ones => Topic started by: emike123 on April 26, 2017, 06:16:51 PM

Title: Greg Craven
Post by: emike123 on April 26, 2017, 06:16:51 PM
Carl just informed me that Greg Craven passed away yesterday:

http://manninglive.com/2017/04/26/santee-man-found-dead-at-lizzie-creek-dock/

Greg was a colorful fellow who I often said "could talk the ears off a bunny rabbit," but we were friends.  Everyone who knew Greg formed an almost immediate opinion of him, but there is no underestimating the relic recoveries he was involved with in South Carolina from the site of the burned Confederate train cars to the location of the USS Dai Ching to so many other places.  He told me the number once -- but I have since forgotten as I am ashamed to admit now that I let too many of Greg's words go in one ear an out another -- but I bet he recovered well over a thousand and closer to two thousand artillery projectiles.  Although Greg was often accused of hyperbole, this is a fact and I own 150+ of them to this day including a large batch still being run through electrolysis.

I had it on my to do list for the last month or so to give Greg a call.  I was in South Carolina last week with my 89+ year old Dad and that took priority so I did not get up with Greg.  I am really sorry that I missed the chance to speak with him another time.  We had a lot I wanted to talk about.
Title: Re: Greg Craven
Post by: divedigger on April 26, 2017, 07:03:11 PM
i really hate to hear that. Greg was a larger than life guy that was amazingly prolific finding and recovering relics. As Mike said he could talk and did. But he knew an awful lot and would share information freely. I only wish I could have the guts to go to the places he told me to, guess maybe I will at least go look out of respect. I met Greg at the Winchester show back in the late 70's and still have some of the stuff I bought from him that day. We reconnected in Charleston and remained friends. So long Greg,the Charleston show wont be the same without you. your friends David and Christine
Title: Re: Greg Craven
Post by: Dave the plumber on April 27, 2017, 06:06:04 AM
well said, Mike and Dave.   
    I can't add much, but we all probably have a shell or two or 150 found by Gregg. He was one of the original researchers and water diggers, no doubt.  Larger than life describes him no doubt.   Peace to you and your family, Gregg
Title: Re: Greg Craven
Post by: Daveslem on April 29, 2017, 12:21:32 AM
Sorry, guys. R.I.P., Greg.
Title: Re: Greg Craven
Post by: Selma Hunter on April 29, 2017, 02:16:00 PM
Godspeed and RIP.
Title: Re: Greg Craven
Post by: Daveslem on April 30, 2017, 11:44:53 AM
Here's a pic of Greg.
Title: Re: Greg Craven
Post by: speedenforcer on April 30, 2017, 11:58:11 AM
wow yall had fun that day ;D
Title: Re: Greg Craven
Post by: Daveslem on April 30, 2017, 12:21:49 PM
That's not me. I wish. I remember seeing pics of his bridle cutter cache in magazines years ago.
Title: Re: Greg Craven
Post by: CarlS on April 30, 2017, 08:08:00 PM
Not a bad day of digging.  Some neat relics.

For those who may not know that is Greg on the right.  Anyone know the guy on the left?
Title: Re: Greg Craven
Post by: speedenforcer on May 01, 2017, 09:08:52 AM
Do tell more about this find. would love to read about it.
Title: Re: Greg Craven
Post by: pipedreamer65 on May 01, 2017, 09:17:47 AM
Awesome find and picture!  thanks!  Love seeing old timer images with their finds. 
Title: Re: Greg Craven
Post by: Daveslem on May 01, 2017, 06:08:36 PM
Here you go:

https://metaldetectingforum.com/showthread.php?t=93315

Title: Re: Greg Craven
Post by: speedenforcer on May 01, 2017, 07:44:08 PM
 :o wow. I want one. LOL.
Title: Re: Greg Craven
Post by: WC Smith on May 05, 2017, 02:39:54 PM
Hello Carl!!  The guy on the left in the picture is Robert Bohrn.
Title: Re: Greg Craven
Post by: WC Smith on May 05, 2017, 02:57:35 PM
I've known Greg since the early 1980's. Dug shells with him a couple of times. When it came to digging shells he was a BULL!! Nothing would stop Greg!  CarlS said it best when describing Greg. He was a personality and source of knowledge that will be missed in the hobby.
Title: Re: Greg Craven
Post by: CarlS on May 07, 2017, 09:07:00 PM
Wow, didn't recognize Robert.  He's dug some great relics too. 

No telling how many pounds of iron Greg has pulled from the marsh muds!  He has found some big ones and a lot of them.
Title: Re: Greg Craven
Post by: Jack Bell on March 05, 2018, 09:20:52 PM
I knew Greg for many years and was a friend and some-time guest at his house.  He told me that they recovered more than 700 pikes.  On what I think was his outing before he died, and adding to the hundreds or thousands of shells and bolts he had recovered, he found a 10-inch Parrott shell, and a 6.4-inch and an 8.0-inch Schenkl shell in Charleston Harbor.

Like with Tom Dickey, I doubt we will have anyone like him in our group in the future.
Title: Re: Greg Craven
Post by: Daveslem on March 09, 2018, 12:56:55 AM
Here’s a video I just watched about the cache they found made by Robert Bohrn.

https://youtu.be/19YnxZwNOmc