VIDEO: Brevard Treasure Hunter Larry Bacola Discovers Gold Rings From 1715 Sunken Fleet
By Space Coast Daily // September 16, 2016
Largest historical shipwreck salvager In Florida
ABOVE VIDEO: Treasure Hunter Larry Bacola from Brevard loves finding treasure off Florida’s coast, especially when the treasure reveals the hint of a a story from hundreds of years ago. In this video, Bacola shows off rings he found from the 1715 Fleet-Queen’s Jewels, the largest permitted historical shipwreck salvage operation in Florida’s waters.
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY • WABASSO, FLORIDA – Treasure Diver Larry Bacola from Brevard loves finding treasure off Florida’s coast, especially when the treasure reveals the hint of a a story from hundreds of years ago.
It was an amazing day for Bacola and the crew of the Capitana when they uncovered the two incredible gold rings.
TreasureHunting.com said, “If you haven’t heard of these treasure hunters, you should because they are awesome. The 1715 Fleet-Queen’s Jewels is the largest permitted historical shipwreck salvage operation in Florida’s waters.
“They have salvaged the remains of the 1715 Fleet and continue to find more of the gorgeous pieces of history in the ocean. As they said on their website, they hope the recovery of the incredibly rare artifacts will help educate people about Spanish colonization of the new world and life on the high seas in 1715.”
Bacola’s ship, the Capitana, was searching for sunken vessels and treasure off the coast of Wabasso, just south of Brevard.
“The rings were probably from Scotland as that is where the sunken ship came from,” said Bacola, who dives for six months and works with Brevard Solar for the other six months of the year.
“These gold rings were from a ship that sank in 1715 and the rings pre-date that, so they are very old. You can see how small the person’s finger must have been and the people were also a lot smaller back then.”
The salvage team anchors off the beach and uses the boat props to uncover layers of sand down to the bedrock.
“We then use metal detectors to search,” said Bacola.
The treasure hunters also found other artifacts and treasure which are all in the process of being registered with the appropriate historic preservation organizations.
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