A Video Interview with Dr. Kip Kelso

1715 Fleet Society Video

The 1715 Fleet Society is proud to bring you a Video Interview with Dr. Kip Kelso, one of the original Real 8 Company Members.

Kip Kelso was born in 1918 in Atlanta, Georgia.  He was a long time resident of the Sebastian/Indian River County area in which he was the last descendent of four generations of physicians.  He earned his medical degree at the University of Oklahoma. Together with his friend, Kip Wagner (another original Real 8 member), Dr. Kelso spent long hours doing archival research which ultimately led to the rediscovery and recovery of the ship wrecks of the 1715 Fleet.  Dr. Kelso died in 2005.

The video runs 1 hour and 7 minutes.

A Video Interview with Dr. Kip Kelso

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Ben Costello

Ben Costello

Ben Costello is a director of the 1715 Fleet Society and an attorney in Washington, PA. His full bio can be found here.


  1. AvatarCarole Kieffer says

    Thank you for sharing.I really enjoyed it. Brought back a lot of memories. I remember Kip and Becky very well!

  2. AvatarCraig Grella says

    Sorry you had an issue with the file Jane. It’s working okay on our side. Is it possible there was an internet issue on your end?

  3. AvatarKelly says

    My grandfather was Dr. Kelso and I was too young to really get a chance to know him. This is great to read.

    Kelly Kelso

    • Ben CostelloBen Costello says

      Thanks for getting in touch Kelly. Also, We’re trying to locate relatives (children, grandchildren, etc) of Real Eight members, so we’ll put you on the list and let you know if we have any events for the family members!

      Thanks again!

      Ben Costello

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