Underwater + Hidden Treasure = Sunken Ship…

Key West 2012 534This is one of the many boats used by Mel Fisher and his team of treasure hunters..how apropos that one of his boats would find its end at the bottom of the ocean.

Wikipedia….Mel Fisher (August 21, 1922 – December 19, 1998) was an American treasure hunter best known for finding the 1622 wreck of the Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha[1] named after a shrine in Madrid for protection.[2] He discovered the wreck July 20, 1985. The estimated $450 million cache recovered, known as “The Atocha Motherlode,” included 40 tons of gold and silver; there were some 114,000 of theSpanish silver coins known as “pieces of eight“, gold coins, Colombian emeralds, gold and silver artifacts, and 1000 silver ingots.[1][3] Large as it was, this was only roughly half of the treasure that went down with the Atocha. The wealthiest part of the ship, the stern castle, is yet to be found.


Filed under 2013 Photo Journal, Blogging from A-Z April Blogging Challenge

2 responses to “Underwater…

  1. Atocha is also, the name of the main metro station in Madrid today. Of course, Nuestra Señora de Atocha came first. 🙂

  2. Kern Windwraith

    The wealthiest part of the ship is still to be found? Maybe I should give up my day job and take up diving…

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