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This Day in Fleet History – June 1st, 2003

The crew of the salvage vessel “Half Reale” captained by Jon Wilson, find an ornate gold box containing a seven-emerald gold cross, a large woven gold chain and two gold-and-emerald rings. Cabin Wreck, near Sebastian, Florida.

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This Day in Fleet History – May 16, 1965

Newspapers report that famed astronaut physician, Dr, Gordon Benson, has joined treasure hunters at Vero Beach.  The good doctor’s hobby is balloons. He will aid treasure divers by sitting in a balloon viewing the ocean floor from a height of 200-250 feet. It is hoped that from this vantage point he will be able to

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This Day in Fleet History – March 30, 1969

The Miami Herald announces that a new exhibit, “The Artist and the Sea” at the Miami Art Center will feature treasure including silver bars, pieces of eight and Chinese porcelains from the Spanish treasure Fleet of 1715 courtesy of the Real Eight Company.

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This Day in Fleet History – March 29, 1969

It was announced that the Real Eight Company had acquired Rebikoff Underwater Products Inc. of Fort Lauderdale. The acquisition of Rebikoff, a supplier of underwater equipment and underwater systems, marks a first diversification step for Real Eight in the oceanography field.

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This Day in Fleet History – March 28th, 1968

On this day it was announced that a $400,000.00 exhibit of Real Eight Company treasure would be featured at an open house sponsored by the First National Bank of Merritt Island on Sunday March 29. The bank’s open house was celebrating the completion of a new third floor as well as its seventh birthday on

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This Day in Fleet History – February 14, 1714

Marie Louise of Savoy, the first wife of the reigning Monarch Philip V, dies of tuberculosis at the age of 26. In September 1714 Philip marries Elizabeth Farnese of Parma by proxy. They remained married until Philip’s death in 1746.

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This Day in Fleet History – February 6, 1968

February 6, 1968 State archaeologist Carl J. Clauson reported that the wooden remains of a well dug in sand by survivors of the 1715 Fleet disaster had been uncovered. Sections of wood, almost certainly from the wooden beams of wrecked ships used as casing for a surface well, were excavated. The well was dug a

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This Day in Fleet History – January 28th, 1965

January 28, 1965 The Vero Beach Press Journal reports that Real Eight Company President Kip Wagner hopes to visit Spain later in the year in order to collect information about the 1715 Fleet from the Spanish archives located in that country. He believes that the archives may furnish clues that would help locate additional treasure

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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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