This month’s featured treasure was designed to hold a treasure but with time it became a treasure itself. This box (or what remains of it) is only one of two genuine “Treasure Chests” found on the 1715 Fleet. It is made of pine (or possibly South American Cypress) and held together by copper nails. This […]
For this May, we take you back to July of 2010, when Greg Bounds and his crew, working the Corrigan’s site, made a discovery of historical and numismatic importance. They discovered a swivel gun from one of Echevers’ prize ships. But not a typical swivel gun, for on examination it proved to be packed not with cannon shot […]
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 […]