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 […]
In January, we featured this ornate gold-and-pearl “Madonna” brooch recovered in 1989 from the “Rio Mar” wreck site near Vero Beach, Florida. We have received some additional up-close and personal images of this very rare and beautiful artifact. These images demonstrate the skill and craftsmanship that went into the creation of this item. Please pay particular […]
Here are several pictures of our table at the Fun Show here in sunny (but COLD!) Tampa, Florida. This year, we were located on the bourse floor rather than in the club section. This allowed us to get more foot traffic and exposure. We did have a number of new visitors who enjoyed our modest […]
On behalf of the Directors of the 1715 Fleet Society, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our readers and loyal fans and members for a wonderful year celebrating the legacy of the 1715 Fleet! It always amazes me that although the fleet sunk off the coast of Florida more than 300 years ago, […]
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 […]
On behalf of myself and the other Directors of the Fleet Society, we would like to wish all of our members, supporters and website visitors a very Merry Christmas. Ben Costello, Director.
John Jones was a career officer in the Air Force, retiring with the rank of Major. A native of Atlanta, he was a West Point graduate and veteran jet pilot. Later in his career, he became a range safety officer in the space program. This job required lightning fast reflexes and decision making, as it […]