1715 Fleet Society


DATELINE: Holbrook, New York Taste of History

April 15, 2019 | 0

Occasionally we come across an interesting news item (shipwreck related) but not about the 1715 Fleet. The Saint James Brewery of Holbrook, New York has come upon a most interesting way to make beer…they brew it from yeast found in bottles of beer that have languished on the ocean floor for 132 years. The owner […]

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April 12, 2019   DATELINE: Jerusalem, Arkansas    The Passing of Bruce Ward.

April 12, 2019 | 0

Last week, we were contacted by an auction house requesting our assistance in organizing and identifying items in an estate that they were asked to handle. After a brief discussion with a gentleman from the auction house it became apparent that they had many items from the 1715 Fleet. Upon further inquiry I asked the […]

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Don Kagin Candidate for ANA President

April 5, 2019 | 0

Many of our Fleet Society members are also members of the American Numismatic association (ANA). In the next few months, an ANA  election will be held to elect a Board of Governors, a Vice President and President. Those elected will be installed at the ANA’s 128th Anniversary Convention in Chicago on August 16, 2019. I […]

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April 2019 Treasure of the Month

March 31, 2019 | 0

Our Treasure of the Month for April is something that has never been photographed before and is likely never to be photographed again. It is a neatly stacked group of gold Royals from the Spanish colonial mint at Mexico City. These specially struck coins are on broad, thin, round planchets. The legends are complete and […]

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An Alternative Explanation for an Iconic Artifact

March 20, 2019 | 0

Within the State of Florida’s archaeological collection there resides an unusual and rare artifact, catalog number 93 A. 673. 000103. 0001, lab tag 6458, with the designation “bone toothpick”. It was received into the State’s collection in 1993 after being found at the site number 8SL – 00017, the Douglas Beach Wreck, part of the […]

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1715 Fleet Society Conference - Cuba Map

Cuba Conference Update

March 19, 2019 | 0

Greetings. I am updating my last post of December 14, 2018, regarding the 3rd International Conference on the 1715 Fleet, which the Society is currently planning in Havana for 2020. A lot of time and effort has been devoted thus far to making this Conference a reality. As our point man, Dana Reed of ASC […]

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Tom Uram Candidate for ANA VP

March 17, 2019 | 0

Fleet Society member Tom Uram (Member #23, 84 Pennsylvania) has announced his candidacy for Vice President of the American Numismatic Association (ANA). Tom has been instrumental in helping us network with other organizations that have offered support to the Society and its mission. Consequently, we are supporting him in his effort to become the next […]

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DATELINE: West Palm Beach, Florida. New Ernie Richards Publication!

March 5, 2019 | 0

Greetings 1715 Fleet aficionados.  Last October, Fleet Society Director Ernie Richards published five new booklets which seek to identify and explain many of the artifacts (some common) that have been recovered over the years from various 1715 Fleet wreck sites. Just in case these booklets escaped your attention, we thought we would publish this post […]

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March 2019 Treasure of the Month

February 28, 2019 | 0

Our featured treasure for March is part of a group of artifacts that we have featured before. Known as “wedges” these silver items were often smuggled on board the larger, heavily-armed guard galleons as contraband. The pie shaped wedges were arranged in such a way that they could fit tightly in the bottom of a […]

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This Day in Fleet History

February 26, 2019 | 0

February 26th, 1972 Kip Wagner, founder of the Real Eight Company and largely responsible for the modern day recovery of the treasures of the 1715 Fleet, dies at the age of 66.

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February 19, 2019 DATELINE: Snohomish, Washington Personal Story by James Mesher

February 19, 2019 | 2

Please permit me to introduce Fleet Society member (#86) James Mesher of Snohomish, Washington. Jim sent me his story of how he first became interested in the 1715 Fleet. Not surprisingly, his story begins with a chance encounter with an article from January 1965 which he saw in National Geographic. But rather than spoil his […]

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This Day in Fleet History

February 17, 2019 | 0

February 17th – 19th 1977. The final major sale of 1715 Fleet gold (328 gold coins in  all), takes place at the Bowers and Ruddy Galleries in Los Angeles.

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