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DATELINE: New Iberia, Louisiana

Back by popular demand!  The 1715 Fleet Society is happy to report that the new revised edition of the “The Treasure Fleet of 1715: Search for the Queen’s Jewels” by professional marine archaeologist Robert F. Westrick is now available through our website. For those of you who visited us at the January 2012 FUN Show

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DATELINE: Vero Beach, Florida

Today we contacted Captain Bonnie Schubert. Bonnie is the treasure salvor who in the summer of 2010 recovered this magnificent Gold Pelican. Bonnie skippered the “Gold Hawg” and was working the Douglass Beach site as a sub-contractor for 1715 Fleet-Queens Jewel, LLC.  Bonnie, who is a big supporter of the 1715 Fleet Society, talked to

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DATELINE: Orlando, Florida

The January 2012 FUN Show saw the first publications from the 1715 Fleet Society. Collectors of Fleet memorabilia take note! Two modest but attractive (if we may say) booklets were available at our table. The booklet on the left offers a Q & A for people new to the Fleet and its treasures. Look at

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DATELINE: Orlando, Florida

This is a personal post-FUN Show update from Ben Costello, 1715 Fleet Society. After attending the FUN Show, I spent several weeks traveling around the state of Florida. I met and interviewed people associated with the discovery and preservation of coins and artifacts from the 1715 Fleet. I was a pleasure to meet Jim Sinclair

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DATELINE: Orlando, Florida

Officially launched on May 1st, 2011, the 1715 Fleet Society made its first sailing at the FUN show in Orlando, January 5- 8, 2012. At the 1715 Fleet Society table were Ben Costello, Phil Flemming, and Ernie Richards, with some much able assistance from John Pullin and Mike Brown. Visitors from Spain and England attested

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DATELINE: Orlando, Florida

The 1715 Fleet Society will have a table at the FUN Show in Orlando, January 5th through the 8th. Our table number is 544. Please visit us if you happen to be at the FUN Show. We will have some educational materials available for distribution. Hope to see you there.

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DATELINE: Orlando, Florida

On January 5th 2012 the Florida United Numismatists will kick off it’s 57th Annual Convention at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando Florida. The 1715 Fleet Society has arranged for an informational booth to be located at the show. Information will be available concerning our efforts and our plans for commemorating the anniversary of the

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DATELINE: Florida

We are pleased to announce that the 1715 Fleet Society has partnered with Viva Florida 500. Viva Florida 500 is dedicated to Florida’s rich and diverse cultural history and the celebration of that history taking place throughout 2013. In 2013 Florida will be celebrating it’s 500th anniversary. Interestingly enough in addition to the 300th anniversary of the

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DATELINE: Florida

Continuing efforts are underway to organize the communities along the Treasure Coast to coordinate the commemoration of the 300th Anniversary of the 1715 Fleet Disaster. Notices were sent last year to local community leaders and Chambers of Commerce to alert them of this upcoming event. In addition the 1715 Fleet Society is developing a plan

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DATELINE: Treasure Coast, Florida

Greetings to all of our website visitors. Today, Sunday July 31st, is the 296th anniversary of the 1715 Fleet Disaster. In the early morning hours of July 31, 1715, one of the richest Spanish treasure fleets ever assembled was homeward bound but in trouble. Carrying a fortune in gold, silver and jewels from Spain’s New

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DATELINE: Spain

It is with great honor that we announce that the Spanish numismatic organization NUMISMA selected the 1715 Fleet Society website as Best of the Month for June. We wish to express our gratitude to NUMISMA for this recognition.

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DATELINE: Lake Worth, Florida

The 2011 Sunken Treasure Seminars begin next Monday, June 20, 2011 and will continue through Thursday, June 23, 2011. These popular seminars were first held in April of 1994. This year’s seminar topics include “Deep Water Technology”, “Major Discoveries on the 1715 Fleet in 2010”, “Gold and Silver Coins and Bars of the Spanish Fleet”,

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DATELINE: Treasure Coast, Eastern Florida

We have all heard of the coastal region of eastern Florida from Sebastian to Miami referred to as the “Treasure Coast”. Every wonder who came up with the name “Treasure Coast”? Visit our Articles Page for the answer.

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DATELINE: Merritt Island, Florida

On the first anniversary of his death we want to remember our friend Lou Ullian, shown here (on the right) with fellow Real 8 members Del Long and John Jones. John (in the center) is still with us and going strong, but Del died earlier this month. Please see our previous post. We miss you, Lou.

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1715 Mexico 8 Escudo

1715 Mexico 8 Escudo found in 1964. This coin is a fully dated 1715. The quality of the photograph is rather poor and does not do the coin justice. It is round with a full shield, full OMJ and a nearly full Crown. The obverse is well centered. The Shield has brown sediment and/or ocean

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DATELINE: West Melbourne, Florida

Del Long, one of the last original members of the Real 8 Company, has died in Florida at 87. An obituary published in Florida Today is here. An article from 1965 will appear soon in our archive section. More about Del will appear shortly on In Memoriam found in our Archives link.

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