Fort Pierce Unveils 300 Year Old Cannon

Here is a report filed by Allen Balogh (Fleet Society member # 37) who was in Fort Pierce to witness the unveiling of a centuries old cannon that was recovered in 2018.

1715 Fleet Members:

A 1715 Spanish Treasure cannon was unveiled on February 15th at the Melody Lane Fishing Pier Plaza here in Fort Pierce. The cannon was tentatively identified as being from the Nuestra Senora del Rosario.

Captain John Brandon of 1715 Fleet Queens-Jewels, LLC and Captain Dan Porter (Fleet Society member #100) of the vessel Seatrepid worked tirelessly to recover the cannon at the Sandy Point wreck site. The cannon was hoisted out of the water by crane at Fisherman’s Wharf on August 13, 2018. Subsequently, the cannon was donated to the City of Fort Pierce.

The City, in conjunction with Captain John Brandon and Captain Dan Porter, worked together in a collaborative effort to conserve and restore the deeply encrusted cannon after lying dormant at the bottom of the ocean for over 300 years. “It doesn’t happen often” said Captain John Brandon. “The last cannon was brought up about 35-40 years ago. This might be the last one for several generations. Cheers to government and private enterprise working together on such a historic piece from the 1715 Fleet.

Respectfully submitted, Allen Balogh.

Thank you Allen, for this most interesting article.

Allen Balogh is an award-winning author and 1715 Fleet Society member #37. For the history of the 1715 Fleet, consider the purchase of A Perilous Journey from Cuba. His other books include Black Sails 1715, Goat with the Glass Eye, and Mimi’s Mermaids. All are available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. For personalized copies, contact Allen at

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Cannon on support (CREDIT: City of Fort Pierce)
Left to right, Allen Balogh, Captain John Brandon, Alex Kuze  (CREDIT: City of Fort Pierce)
Cannon as found, 2018 (CREDIT City of Fort Pierce)
Before and after restoration (CREDIT: Roberta Rights Murray)


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