November 2019 Treasure of the Month

The gold religious artifact

Not long ago our Treasure of the Month for November was quietly resting at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. It was recovered from its hiding place on June 4, 2019 by Kenton Dickerson, while working in a nearshore area at the Corrigan’s Beach Wreck site, a few miles north of Vero Beach, Florida. Dickerson was a team member of the recovery vessel Capitana. This gold religious artifact (pictured on top of a broken piece of K’ang Hsi china found at the same time) could possibly be a reliquary or receptacle to carry the Host used during Mass. The relic is inscribed “IHS”. The Christogram “IHS” is a monogram symbolizing Jesus Christ.


The letters IHS, a symbol for Jesus Christ, are inscribed beneath the encrustation.

The Capitana, captained by Dan Porter of Maritime Research and Recovery (MRR), had been conducting archaeological excavations in the area where this item was recovered. As of October 23, 2019, this artifact had not undergone conservation. As soon as this process is completed an update will be posted.

Dan Porter

Dan Porter, managing member of MRR and captain of the vessel that made the recovery.

Many thanks to Dan Porter (Fleet Society member #100) who supplied the images and text for this post.

MRR diver Kenton Dickerson

MRR diver Kenton Dickerson recovered the religious artifact.

Ben Costello, Director.

Ben Costello

Ben Costello

Ben Costello is a director of the 1715 Fleet Society and an attorney in Washington, PA. His full bio can be found here.

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