WATCH: Mel Fisher’s Treasure Museum in Sebastian Also Showcases Spectacular Collection of Cultural Artifacts
By Space Coast Daily // September 17, 2020
SEE THE largest underwater treasure find in history
WATCH: See Gold and priceless treasures discovered off the coast of Brevard, and meet Mel Fisher, the grandson of the world’s most famous treasure hunter, and see up close the treasures from the sea. Mel Fisher, best known for finding the 1622 wreck of the Nuestra Señora de Atocha in Florida waters, found the Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha. He discovered silver bars from the wreck in 1973, and in 1975, Dirk, who was Mel’s oldest son, found five bronze cannons whose markings would prove to be that of the Atocha. On July 20, 1985, Fisher discovered the shipwreck of the Nuestra Senora De Atocha off the Florida Keys and the cargo’s value is estimated to be worth around $400 million. The treasure includes 24 tons of silver bullion, ingots and coins, 125 gold bars and discs, and 1,200 pounds of silverware.
ABOVE VIDEO: Take a tour of the Mel Fisher Treasure Museum in Sebastian and dive into the World Class Home of Sunken Treasure. Join Space Coast Daily’s Giles Malone and Museum Director Nichole Johanson as they showcase the spectacular collection of cultural artifacts and treasure recovered from the ocean depths.
Taffi Fisher, Mel Fisher’s daughter, opened the museum in December 1992.
The museum includes a working conservation laboratory used to preserve artifacts recovered from underwater with an observation window for viewing conservation work from inside the museum.
Mel Fisher started his full-time treasure hunting career in Vero Beach when he moved there with his wife Dolores and their family, from California in 1963.
Mel spent the next seven years successfully salvaging the 1715 Fleet, a fleet of sunken treasure-laden ships, which sank off the coastline which is why the surrounding area got the name, “Florida’s Treasure Coast.”
He then went on to discover the main pile of the Nuestra Señora de Atocha in July of 1985. This is the largest underwater treasure find in history. Mel’s family continues the search for the remaining cargo of the Atocha today.
Visit the Mel Fisher Treasure Museum and dive into history. The experience is both educational and exciting – you can even lift an authentic Atocha gold bar. Join the millions who have witnessed this spectacular collection of cultural artifacts and treasure recovered from the ocean depths.
‘TODAY IS THE DAY!’
Mel Fisher, a dreamer, a visionary, a legend and most importantly, the World’s Greatest Treasure Hunter! Mel Fisher did what many have not – he realized his dream during his lifetime.
Everyday he insisted, “Today’s the Day”! His mantra continues to inspire the search for the rest of the treasure from the Nuestra Senora de Atocha and the Santa Margarita, the Spanish galleons that sank during a hurricane on September 6, 1622, near Key West, Florida.
Mel Fisher suffered many personal losses to keep his dream alive during his 16-year search and endured over 100 court battles which ended in victory in the U.S. Supreme Court.
The riches Mel Fisher, his team, and investors, had worked so hard for all those years were finally theirs.
The $450 million treasure cache or “Atocha Mother Lode” would be found on that momentous day, July 20, 1985.
More than 40 tons of silver and gold were located including over 100,000 Spanish silver coins known as “Pieces of Eight”, gold coins, Columbian emeralds, silver and gold artifacts and over 1,000 silver bars.
The immensity of the Atocha’s treasure is staggering.
On July 24th, 1715, a fleet of eleven Spanish Galleons and one French ship, set sail from Havana, Cuba to Spain. All of the Spanish vessels perished in a storm off the east coast of Florida, near present-day Sebastian. Seven hundred lives and over 14,000,000 pesos worth of treasure went down.
Another ship, the Atocha, met a similar fate in 1622. On July 20th, 1985, following a 16-year search, a salvage team led by Mel Fisher recovered the mother lode of the Atocha, from its nearly 370-year exile on the ocean floor…establishing the greatest discovery in treasure salvaging history, both in archaeological and commercial terms.
During the search for the Atocha, Fisher and his crew also discovered and raised treasure from the sister ship of the Atocha, The Santa Margarita and an English merchant slave ship, the Henrietta Marie, as well as the 1715 Fleet near Sebastian.
When you enter Mel Fisher’s Treasure Museum you will join the millions who have witnessed the most spectacular collection of Spanish artifacts and treasure ever assembled.
You will be granted the opportunity to watch as the treasure, still being uncovered from the 1715 Fleet, the Atocha and the Santa Margarita, grows in quantity and spectacle in our recent recoveries display. Feel the weight of a solid gold bar recovered from the ocean depths.
A visit to Mel Fisher’s Treasure Museum affords you the distinct opportunity to “own a piece of history,” unique gold escudos or silver reales in fine jewelry settings, museum-quality recreations as well as other nautical gifts from the gift Shop.
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