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This Day in Fleet History – January 10, 1968

Work is progressing rapidly on the Real Eight Museum of Sunken Treasure near the Cape Kennedy Hilton, City of Cape Canaveral. The Museum, set to open by mid year, will house displays of Spanish treasure recovered by the group from the ocean floor off of the east coast (From the Orlando Sentinel).

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This Day in Fleet History – December 30, 1964

Cabinet officials, stung by reports that the state may not be getting its rightful share of treasure recovered from Florida waters, considers taking over all salvage operations and keeping (rather than sharing) all treasure found.  This consideration would be tantamount to the state going into the treasure hunting business.

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This Day in Fleet History – October 8, 1964

The first public auction of gold coins recovered  from the 1715 Fleet shipwrecks off the coast of Florida by the Real Eight Company. Some of  the best condition specimens were offered for sale. The coins are sold through the auction house of Henry Christianson, Hoboken, New Jersey.

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This Day in Fleet History – September 16, 1714

Philip V marries Elizabeth Farnese of Parma by proxy. He saw her for the first time 3 months later. She exerted great influence over Spain’s foreign policy and was the de facto ruler of Spain from 1714 until 1746. She died on July 11, 1766.

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This Day in Fleet History – September 14, 1969

The New York Times reported that Stack’s had been appointed by the Real Eight Company as exclusive agent to handle the sale of gold and silver coins recovered by that company. The sale was to take place on Friday, September 19, 1969 at the Park Sheraton Hotel in New York.

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This Day In Fleet History – September 11, 1966

Newspaper article from the Miami Herald reports that archaeologists have pinpointed the site of a Spanish camp of 1715 shipwreck survivors. The owner of the land, Robert McClarty, has given the site to the state in return for an agreement to build a museum there. The site is now occupied by the McClarty Treasure Museum.

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 This Day in Fleet History – September 5, 1717 

The governor of the Bahama Islands issues a royal proclamation pardoning all pirates who surrender before September 5, 1718. Henry Jennings who, together with 300 men seized 1715 Fleet treasure that had been salvaged by the Spanish, wisely turned himself in. He lived the rest of his life a respected gentleman of means.

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This Day in Fleet History – July 24, 1965

The Real Eight Company  finds a rare, almost intact treasure chest containing silver coins. It was the first such chest to be discovered. A second chest was found two years later. Both chests were found at the Cabin Wreck site, near Sebastian, Florida.

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