Kip Wagner (1906 – 1972) was instrumental in the formation of the team that later became the Real Eight Company and one of the greatest salvage groups that ever explored the 1715 Fleet wrecks. He ... More dies. Wagner was the catalyst that sparked efforts to recover the lost treasure of the 1715 Fleet. Even today, some 60 years later, recovery of those treasures still continue. All due to this one man.