Fishing for guns with magnets

What if history’s relics were right in front of us? Not yet lost to museums or evidence rooms. You just have to search in the places no one else has. This is the story of the magnet fishers, everyday historians from all walks of life that have discovered a passion for uncovering the city’s past from the murky depths of its river systems.

There are many good fishermen and some great ones. But there is only… a few using magnets.

Strong magnet is attached to a strong piece of rope and then dangled into the water ways. The magnet attracts ferromagnetic metals. These include iron, nickel, cobalt, some alloys of rare-earth metals, and some naturally occurring minerals such as lodestone.

The magnet fishing moment has been growing and is attracting a school of new recruits.

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