The 1715 Fleet Society January 2018 Treasure of the Month is this simply outstanding gold-and–pearl “Madonna” brooch recovered in 1989 from the “Rio Mar” wreck site near Vero Beach, Florida. This pendant features a crowned female over an angel face superimposed over an upward-facing crescent moon, all in a central open oval surrounded by twenty-two […]
The “motherload” sale of Fleet gold, 878 gold coins, by Hans Schulman in New York City between November 27 – 29, 1972.
In June of this year, we announced that the Fleet Society acquired a large group of 1715 Fleet-related documents including records, photographs, charts, graphs, articles and research materials long thought to be destroyed. In subsequent posts, we advised that our efforts to organize and inventory this recent recovery would be time-consuming and an ongoing process. […]
As a follow up to our July 16th post, the Fleet Society is proud to announce that it has purchased additional historical documents relating to the early days of 1715 Fleet salvaging efforts. This group of material consists primarily of records, photographs, and letters originating from the early days of the Real Eight Company. There […]
The 1715 Fleet consisting of the New Spain Armada under the command of Don Juan Esteban de Ubilla and the Tierra Firme Armada commanded by Don Antonio de Echeverz y Zubiza left Havana for Spain. They were accompanied by a French frigate, the El Grifon.
The Real Eight Company recovers a nearly intact treasure chest complete with silver coins at the Cabin Wreck site, near Sebastian, Florida. This was the first time that such an artifact had been found on any of the wreck sites of the 1715 Fleet.
In the summer of 1964, Mel Fisher working through a contract with the Real Eight Corporation, located and salvaged a tremendous treasure consisting of thousands of gold coins and priceless artifacts. This wreck site was surveyed, analyzed, and reduced to a report by archaeologist Carl J Clausen, who was representing the State of Florida. More […]
Our featured treasure for the month of March is this delicate hand carved Madonna and Child. This item was found south of the McLarty Treasure Museum in 1977. The location of the discovery places it in the area of the Survivors and Salvagers’ Camp established by those that survived the hurricane that destroyed the 1715 […]