Mel Fisher’s Treasure Museum in Sebastian, Florida. Full of all the discoveries from the Atocha Sailing Vessel.
History Of Mel Fisher’s Treasures
In 1622 the Atocha and the Santa Margarita sank in a hurricane 35 miles off the coast of Key West, Florida. They Were Heading from Havana, Cuba back to Spain and were laden with the King’s ransom in treasure.
Current Mel Fisher’s Treasures’ Opersations
The Fisher family continues to hunt for the Stern Castle of the Atocha and the treasures of the Santa Margarita. According to our research there are still 128,000 silver coins, 14 tons of silver bars, 150 copper ingots, over 100 gold bars and discs and, along with untold riches in smuggled cargo.
The ships sank in shallow water, approximately 25-55 feet depending on which area the wreck sites we are in. Divers search safely as the operation runs year round. Typically 150 days at Sea in a given year on the Atocha/Margarita wreck sites.
Mel Fisher’s Treasures has begun the hunt for a new shipwreck in deeper water off the north eastern coast of Florida. Much of the information is still confidential and the shipwreck has been dubbed the Lost Merchant. Because of the nature of the of the deeper search area, Mel Fisher’s Treasure’s has been working with Cobalt Marine LLC, to develop a brand new HAUV (Hybrid Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) named “Delores” after Mel Fisher’s late wife.
Future of Mel Fisher’s Treasure’s
The future is in deeper water by utilizing new technologies. It is becoming possible to search and recover artifacts from depths that were previously unreachable. These new technologies will also make searching for and recovering historic shipwrecks and their priceless artifacts and treasures far more efficient.
Mel Fisher’s Treasure’s Archaeology And Conservation
Mel Fisher’s Treasure’s upholds the highest standards in Practice and procedures for all underwater historic shipwreck recovery projects.
We recover all artifacts, including, but not limited to pottery, iron spikes that held the ships together, musket balls, as well as gold, silver, emeralds and other artifacts often referred to as “treasure. Key West, Florida is home to our conservation laboratory where each artifact is given the same high level of respect and dedication in conservation no matter what its potential monetary value may be.
Each Artifact is a unique piece of the story and helps depict what life was like in the year the ship went down.
Mel Fisher’s Treasure’s also Maintains the largest public access database of historical artifacts available in the world.
The searchable database can be viewed at www.melfisherartifacts.com