1715 Fleet Society Archive

Ben Costello

This Day in Fleet History – May 24, 1964

May 24, 2020 | 0

Mel Fisher finds the famous “carpet of gold”…..1,033 gold coins recovered at the Douglass Beach wreck site, Ft. Pierce, Florida.

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Whatever happened to………?

May 19, 2020 | 0

Did you ever wonder whatever happened to the Real Eight Museum of Sunken Treasure in Cape Canaveral, Florida?  While working on updating  The History of the Real Eight Company Through Documents and Letters, I came across this article which was published in September of 1980. It tells the story (a sad one at that) of […]

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10 Years Ago Today        

May 16, 2020 | 0

Today marks the 10th anniversary of  the passing of my friend and original Real Eight member Lou Ullian.  I first met Lou at his home in January 2005. After an hour of pleasant conversation about shipwreck coins I was treated to a wonderful lunch prepared by his wife Helen. From then on visiting Lou and […]

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Sebastian Man Wins Treasure Hunt Title

May 13, 2020 | 0

As I was going through some of my archival material, I came across this interesting newspaper article from May 30, 1962. Since it bore a relationship to the ongoing salvaging efforts of the 1715 Fleet wrecks at the time, I thought that it would make for some interesting reading. It seems that Kip Wagner was […]

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Iconic Cabin Up For Sale   

May 11, 2020 | 0

Anyone who has an interest in the 1715 Fleet and the treasure that it held is familiar with Kip Wagner. Wagner was the man responsible for the organized effort to locate the wreck sites of the Fleet and recover its treasure. His “command post” so to speak, was a small house along the beach which […]

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In Memorium: Dr. Eugene Lyon

May 10, 2020 | 0

It is with deep regret that we report the death of Dr. Eugene Lyon, who passed away last Sunday, May 3, 2020. Dr. Lyon was well known for his research and scholarship in the area of Spanish Colonial Florida and related subjects. He was greatly respected by all who had the opportunity to work with […]

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This Day in Fleet History – May 10, 1961

May 10, 2020 | 0

Articles of Incorporation filed by the Real Eight Company.

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Cobb Coin Company vs. The Unidentified, Wrecked and Abandoned Sailing Vessel, etc.(1982)

May 6, 2020 | 0

Finding myself “sheltered in place” for the last 7 weeks has allowed me the rare opportunity to devote many uninterrupted hours to reviewing archival material that I have gathered over the years. I have always dreamed of having the time to do that and, with the unfortunate circumstances of the pandemic, I now have that […]

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