Historic Photos of 1715 Fleet Salvage Operations

These photographs were recently acquired from a private collection. Some of the photographs are being presented publicly for the first time. Due to age and storage several are distressed and had to be digitally enhanced. Each photograph has a hand written narrative on the back. That narrative is set forth under each picture presented below.

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Pieces-of-eight chest being brought up. From left to right: Tom Gore (State of Florida), Bob Johnson and John de Bry. Cabin Wreck (1968)

Pieces-of-eight chest being brought up. From left to right: Tom Gore (State of Florida), Bob Johnson and John de Bry. Cabin Wreck (1968)

Del Long and crew inspecting treasure chest contents aboard "Derelict" (1968)

Del Long and crew inspecting treasure chest contents aboard “Derelict” (1968)

Diver Tom Massa on the "Derelict", Cabin Wreck (1968)

Diver Tom Massa on the “Derelict”, Cabin Wreck (1968)

Diver Terry Armstrong on the "Derelict" off the Cabin Wreck, Sebastian, Florida (1968)

Diver Terry Armstrong on the “Derelict” off the Cabin Wreck, Sebastian, Florida (1968)

Silver coins, Cabin Wreck, Sebastian, Florida (1968)

Silver coins, Cabin Wreck, Sebastian, Florida (1968)

Silver coins, Silver fork an gold link from rosary Cabin Wreck, Sebastian, Florida (1968)

Silver coins, Silver fork an gold link from rosary Cabin Wreck, Sebastian, Florida (1968)

John de Bry (left) and Jim Shubert aboard the "Derelict" on the Cabin Wreck with silver coins and copper ingots (1968)

John de Bry (left) and Jim Shubert aboard the “Derelict” on the Cabin Wreck with silver coins and copper ingots (1968)

John de Bry aboard the "Derelict" with his first major find now in the McLarty Museum, Sebastian Beach, Florida. (1968)

John de Bry aboard the “Derelict” with his first major find now in the McLarty Museum, Sebastian Beach, Florida. (1968)

John de Bry with his find of silver coins and pestel Cabin Wreck (1968)

John de Bry with his find of silver coins and pestel Cabin Wreck (1968)

John de Bry aboard the "Griffon" Rio Mar wreck, Vero Beach ,Florida (1969)

John de Bry aboard the “Griffon” Rio Mar wreck, Vero Beach ,Florida (1969)

Mo Molinar and John de Bry's gold find including 1 Royal Eight Escudo on Douglas Beach, Gold Wreck, Ft. Pierce, Florida (1987)

Mo Molinar and John de Bry’s gold find including 1 Royal Eight Escudo on Douglas Beach, Gold Wreck, Ft. Pierce, Florida (1987)

Display of gold coins found on Douglas Beach (1987)

Display of gold coins found on Douglas Beach (1987)

Display of gold coins found on Douglas Beach (1987)

Display of gold coins found on Douglas Beach (1987)

Display of gold coins found on Douglas Beach (1987)

Display of gold coins found on Douglas Beach (1987)

Harold Holden with chain and reliquary. Mo Molinar with 110 gold eight escudos (109 Lima, 1 Mexico), found on Gold Wreck near Douglas Beach, Ft. Pierce, Florida (1988).

Harold Holden with chain and reliquary. Mo Molinar with 110 gold eight escudos (109 Lima, 1 Mexico), found on Gold Wreck near Douglas Beach, Ft. Pierce, Florida (1988).

Mo Molinar and Lou Ullian inspecting gold coins from the 1988 season. These coins were found on the Gold Wreck near Douglas Beach, Ft. Pierce, Florida. Total haul 821 gold coins plus jewelry, 1988.

Mo Molinar and Lou Ullian inspecting gold coins from the 1988 season. These coins were found on the Gold Wreck near Douglas Beach, Ft. Pierce, Florida. Total haul 821 gold coins plus jewelry, 1988.

 

 

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Ben Costello

Ben Costello is a director of the1715 Fleet Society and an attorney in Washington, PA.

Comments

  1. Incredible photographs. I’m very appreciative for these archival photos, really helps me peak into the past and get a better handle on what was brought up. Joe Bissell

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