Frequent visitors to this website know that we often feature and discuss Spanish silver coins (reales) that were recovered from the many wreck sites of the 1715 Fleet. They are also known as “pieces of eight” or “cobs”. Where the term “cobs” originated is not clear but some believe that the term comes from the […]
The crew of the salvage vessel “Virgalona” recover 216 gold coins of various denominations. This was the largest recovery of gold coins from the 1715 Fleet in over two decades. Douglass Beach Wreck site, Ft. Pierce, Florida.
Here is an interesting flyer produced by the Real Eight Company and used to promote its Museum of Sunken Treasure which at the time was located in Cape Canaveral off of Route A1A, just north of Cocoa Beach. This is a very rare item, as only a few have survived. This dates from the late […]
Philip V of Spain marries for the second time a woman he has never seen, Elizabeth Farnese of Parma, by proxy. They meet for the first time three months later and are formally married in person on December 24, 1714.
The Florida United Numismatists Winter Show will take place at the Orange County Convention Center from January 9 – 12, 2020. It is hard to believe that we are only four short months away from the show (actually, 116 days to be exact). As usual, the Fleet Society will have a table with some educational […]
As a supplement to our August 26th post (Fleet Society Registers its 100th Member) we would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our mystery member, Mr. Dan Porter. Dan is well known in the shipwreck community as he is the managing member and director of operations for Maritime Research &Recovery LLC […]
The Fleet Society is pleased to announce the addition of two distinguished colleagues as the newest members of our Board of Directors, Dr. John de Bry and John Pullin. Dr. John de Bry Dr. John de Bry is a paleographer specializing in sixteenth through eighteenth-century French, Spanish and English manuscripts. He has conducted extensive […]
The only ship of the 1715 Fleet to survive, the French frigate Grifon, arrives in Brest, France unaware of the Fleet disaster.
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