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.
Our Treasure of the Month for September is this intriguing little 6.9 gram artifact recently recovered (August 10, 2019) near the Corrigan’s Beach Wreck site north of Vero Beach. This tiny item is a 1/8 inch thick, 3/4 inch square bronze scale weight that features markings on it. One of the most defined markings is […]
As a follow up to our post of August 25 (Fleet Society Enrolls 99th Member) we are proud to announce that we have just welcomed our 100th member. There will be a special post in the near future featuring our mystery member as we begin our next milestone of 200 members worldwide (we hope).
Recently, the Fleet Society welcomed its 99th member. We are 1 member away from reaching a milestone………100 members! Membership in the Society was opened to the public in November, 2014. Now, here we are, just 1 member away from 100, which tells us a lot about our Society and the popularity of all things Fleet […]
One of my ongoing projects as a Director of the Fleet Society is to catalogue the many archival documents that I have acquired over the years. Although I enjoy this aspect of my job very much, I find that the responsibilities of my full time job often interfere with cataloguing duties. But, when I do […]
We recently received an e mail from Bill Black (Fleet Society member # 93) who informed us of a recent recovery of 1715 Fleet coins and artifacts from the Cabin Wreck site near Sebastian, Florida. His salvage vessel is the C31 “Carib”. The captain is Kym Ferrel and the crew consists of Mike Penninger, Jeff […]
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