Recently we received word of the passing of Carl Ward on October 30, 2017. Fleet Society Director Ernie Richards, a lifetime friend, thought it appropriate that we acknowledge his passing by posting some biographical information about this most interesting man. Ernie provided the following text: CARL WARD 14 December 1931—30 October 2017 Carl’s Family posted […]
Let me introduce Jacob Makusenka, a budding numismatist, who recently attended his first coin show at the Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, Pa. The annual Fall Coin Show was sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN). Young Mr. Makusenka went through the bourse floor with great eagerness, purchasing numerous numismatic (and some non-numismatic) items. […]
Our Treasure of the Month is this extremely rare intact K’ang Hsi porcelain found by Mike Blanchard after Hurricane Jeanne in 2004. From the K’ang Hsi period (China 1662-1722), this item, and many like it, were found on various 1715 Fleet wreck sites along the Treasure Coast. Because of its delicate beauty, intact pieces (those […]
On October 19, 2017, Fleet Society Director Ben Costello presented a program on the 1715 Fleet to residents of Providence Point, a retirement community located in Pittsburgh. The program was called “Treasures of a Lost Fleet”. A short history of the 1715 Fleet was provided to set the stage for a spirited discussion of the […]
“The Earliest Lima 8 Escudos in the Florida Collection” This post is the second in a series that will explore some of the highlights of the magnificent Florida State Collection of Spanish Colonial artifacts and coins. The Lima mint began striking a gold coinage in August of 1696, almost a decade after permission for a […]
“Pieces of Eight” by Kip Wagner goes into publication.
Our featured treasure for October is this solid gold rosary crucifix. We have chosen this item because of its extreme rarity. The rosary to which this crucifix is attached was found in August 1993 at the Cabin Wreck not far from the McClarty Treasure Museum near Sebastian, Florida. The obverse side of the crucifix features […]
What you are about to read is an email I received from Bob Evans of Hopewell, Ohio. For those of you who may not recognize his name, Bob was deeply involved in the recovery of the SS Central America in the late 1980’s. Known as the “Ship of Gold,” the Central America was lost in […]