Hello all. I am now back home following my month-long trip to Florida. Now that I am back I will be working on a Newsletter item which summarizes last week’s events together with pictures. I have several hundred images to review so it probably will take me about a week to get it posted. I just wanted to make sure that everyone was aware of the fact that I will be working on this so that they can look for it in the near future. I have a meeting with Craig Grella, my IT guy, on Monday to go over all of the images. I will get working on it right away.
Also, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all their help and support in making the 300th Anniversary Commemoration a special event. I received so many nice e-mails and personal compliments that I am, quite frankly, overwhelmed. A number of people have asked me what the future of the Fleet Society will be now that the 300th Anniversary has come and gone. I can assure everyone that we will be here for quite a while. We will continue to work on our research projects and also will be expanding our archives to include more photographs, documents, articles, etc. One of our goals for 2016 is to incorporate a section on gold cobs into our Research Collection.
At the moment, our Research Collection only contains silver reales. So adding gold will only enhance the Collections value as a research tool. We also are looking to expand our presence in the Caribbean. We have already been approached by an individual from Puerto Rico who is willing to sponsor us in that venue. Someday we would like to open up an office in Cuba, specifically Havana, since that city was the embarkation point of the 1715 Fleet.
So, you can see that although we have come a long way we still have a long way to go with our plans. Speaking of plans, it may include another Conference in the future, but that remains to be seen. Stay tuned.
Ben Costello, Director
1715 Fleet Society