Part of our mission as the Fleet Society is to educate the public about the loss, rediscovery and recovery of the 1715 Fleet. Also, the story of the survivors is an integral component of the 1715 Fleet saga. Last night, I presented a program to the members of the George Washington Numismatic Association, here in […]
Recently I received these vintage photographs from the personal collection of Fleet Society member John de Bry. These photos capture a truly memorable event from 1988. It was in July of that year that HRD (Historical Research and Development), a group lead by Mo Molinar and John de Bry, made a historic discovery of 110 […]
Members of the 1715 Fleet Society are now able to acquire membership shirts to promote their membership in the Society. These shirts are of top quality and prominently feature the special Fleet Society membership logo. These shirts were first offered to members in a pre-production advance order in August, 2017. Those members that responded will […]
It’s no secret that we have an ongoing fascination with EO’s (encrusted objects). To us these items have a certain charisma. Our Treasure of the Month for April is a prime example of this charm. This 14 coin aggregate ( informally referred to as a “clump”) weighs in at a respectable 185 grams and is […]
Here is an interesting item sent to us by Fleet Society member Frank Noga. Society members living in the Florida area might want to keep us advised on the developing news story associated with this remarkable find. Click the link to read the article and watch a video clip: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2018/03/29/Partial-hull-from-18th-century-shipwreck-washes-up-in-Florida/8001522340374/ Ben Costello, Director.
Our featured treasure for March are two items that were not designed for wealth or beauty, but rather for mayhem and destruction. Referred to as bar-shot, these obsolete projectiles usually consisted of two cannon balls, or half balls, joined by a solid bar. Fired from a black powder cannon, they were used to disable an […]
Our monthly treasure offerings for February are these three impressive silver wedges that represent a small sampling of silver wedge ingots found on the wreck sites of the 1715 Fleet. These represent examples of contraband that were smuggled onboard ships headed for Spain. Fleet Society Director, Ernie Richards, adds additional commentary on the wedges, stating: “In […]
Walt Holzworth was a Pennsylvania Dutch farmer who relocated to California to work in the construction industry. Eventually, he ended up a full-time treasure hunter. He made his first dive in 1963 at the age of 52. His wife Shirley authored this narrative describing a day in the life of a treasure hunter. The actual […]