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Ben Costello

May 24, 1964 – This Day in Fleet History

May 24, 2019 | 0

May 24, 1964 Mel Fisher finds “carpet of gold”. 1,033 gold coins discovered at the Douglass Beach wreck site, near Fort Pierce, Florida.

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DATELINE: W. Yarmouth, Massachusetts Whydah Museum Visit

May 24, 2019 | 1

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to visit the Whydah Museum located at W. Yarmouth, Massachusetts. For those who may not know what this is, the Museum is the repository of artifacts recovered from the only documented pirate ship ever salvaged. This is a one of a kind exhibit and the only place in […]

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May 10th, 1961 – This Day in Fleet History

May 10, 2019 | 0

May 10, 1961 Articles of Incorporation filed by the Real Eight Company.

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May 1st, 1965 – This Day in Fleet History

May 1, 2019 | 0

May 1, 1965 The Real Eight Company opens their “Museum of Sunken Treasure” in Satellite Beach, Florida. The museum was later removed to a larger facility in Cape Canaveral in 1968.

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Bruce Ward

Bruce Ward Estate Update

April 30, 2019 | 1

As a follow up to the recent post regarding the death of Bruce Ward, I have been given permission to provide the following additional information. The auction house handling the estate is  Cargile Auctions, Searcy, Arkansas. They have a post listed about the Bruce Ward Estate which provides some details about what the estate consists […]

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May 2019 Treasure of the Month

April 29, 2019 | 0

Our Treasure of the Month for May is an authentic Spanish eight reales coin from the colonial mint at Mexico City encased in a block of Lucite. Weighing in at 131.25 grams, our treasure is 3” x 2” x 1” and is totally cocooned in hard, clear plastic, embossed near the top of one side […]

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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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