DATELINE: FUN Show Wrap Up – Orlando, Florida

The 60th Annual FUN Show is now history. From the prospective of the 1715 Fleet Society, it was a great success. After the Fleet Society was established in 2008, it had several goals. One such goal was to facilitate an exhibit of 1715 Fleet related treasure and artifacts which would be shown at the FUN Show in January, 2015.

That goal has been realized. Spearheaded by Bob Hurst who acted as the coordinator of the exhibit on behalf of FUN, together with representatives of the Bureau of Archaeological Resources in Tallahassee, Florida, and the 1715 Fleet Society, the exhibit became a reality. From all indications it was hugely popular with all those in attendance. Catherine Sincich, Conservator, Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources, acted as guide who was available to answer questions. She personally took people through the exhibit and with her knowledge of the artifacts served to make the exhibit more interesting.

The Fleet Society booth was located in close proximity to the Exhibit. We were able to enroll a number of new members. Literally hundreds of people visited our booth. We are also pleased to announce that many people offered to volunteer their time and energy to assist the Fleet Society with events that are being planned during Commemoration Week in July of 2015. Given the amount of work that is going to be involved in the Commemoration we would like to thank all of those who offered their assistance.

What follows are some additional pictures that were submitted to us by folks who attended the FUN Show Wrap Up.

2015 FUN Show Convention Entrance
2015 FUN Show Convention Entrance
2015 FUN Show Convention - Fleet Society Booth Setup
Entrance to the State Exhibit
Bob Hurst, Terry Armstrong, and Ernie Richards
Bob Hurst, Terry Armstrong, and Ernie Richards
1715 Fleet Society FUN Show Booth
1715 Fleet Society FUN Show Booth
Terry Armstrong with a Musket
Terry Armstrong with a Musket
Artifacts from the State of Florida 1715 Material being unpacked
Artifacts from the State of Florida being unpacked
Artifacts from the State of Florida 1715 Material on display
More artifacts from the State of Florida being unpacked
1715 Fleet Society - 27 pound Gold disc
27 pound Gold Disc with chunk missing
55.9 pound aggregate, fused by action of seawater
55.9 pound aggregate, coins fused by action of seawater
Closeup of 55.9 pound aggregate
Closeup of 55.9 pound aggregate
1715 Fleet Society FUN Show Booth Items
1715 Fleet Society FUN Show Booth display
Encrusted Sword
Encrusted Sword
Encrusted Flintlock Pistols
Encrusted Flintlock
1713 Gold Eight Escudo from Mexico
1713 Gold Eight Escudo from Mexico
1714 Gold Eight Escudo from Mexico
Left: (Cross side) of a 1714 gold Eight Escudos from Mexico
Right: (Shield side – Obverse) with date, from Mexico
Catherine Cinich - Conservator  - Florida Department of State Division of HIstorical Resources
Catherine Cinich – Conservator – Florida Department of State Division of HIstorical Resources

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