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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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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