As a follow up to my April 30th, 2019 post regarding the Bruce Ward Estate, I managed to receive a small sampling of the coins that will become available in the upcoming auction of Estate Fleet items. The auction itself has not yet been scheduled, but it is anticipated to take place within the next […]
Recently, we were contacted by a number of individuals who have expressed an interest in attending our third International Conference on the 1715 Fleet, which is currently being planned for Havana, Cuba in 2020. They were concerned about whether the recently imposed new travel restrictions instituted by the U.S. government would affect our plan to […]
June 8, 1708. British captain ambushes Spanish Treasure Fleet during War of Spanish Succession. The San Jose, one of the richest ships in the fleet with 7 to 11 million pesos on board, is lost.
Every so often we feature an item as our monthly treasure that is not particularly unique or special but is noteworthy because it has a story to tell. Our Treasure of the Month for June is such an item. Although a beautiful coin, this undated Mexico four escudos is not by any stretch of the […]
May 24, 1964 Mel Fisher finds “carpet of gold”. 1,033 gold coins discovered at the Douglass Beach wreck site, near Fort Pierce, Florida.
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 […]
May 10, 1961 Articles of Incorporation filed by the Real Eight Company.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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