Ernest J. Richards, Jr.

Ernest J. Richards, Jr., known as “SeaScribe” since the 1980s, is a native of New London,
Connecticut who moved to the West Palm Beach area of Florida to “work in the ocean”.

Teaming up with Bob “Frogfoot” Weller in the early 1980s, Ernie worked as a diver and technician during Crossed Anchors Salvage’s start-up. When Bob began writing books about their exploits, Ernie was his editor. Together, they created PLUS ULTRA, a quarterly newsletter dedicated to promulgating news of activities on the 1715 Spanish silver fleet recoveries, and instructing the newsletter’s subscribers on “how to read” the cob coinage from the Spanish colonial mints in the New World.

Ernie and Bob also edited and published Treasure Quest Magazine in 1997 and 1998. As the owner of EN RADA Publications, Ernie wrote several books on “Shipwrecks & Their Coins” and continued producing the PLVS VLTRA Newsletter until the 135th issue (34 years) in December 2016.