Virtual Mel Fisher Days 2021 Online Silent Auction Opens June 20, 35 Years After Finding Atocha Motherlode
By Space Coast Daily // June 21, 2021
Mel Fisher Days events have donated over $155,000 to Wesley House Family Services
The Mel Fisher family has decided to do a second “Virtual Mel Fisher Days Silent Auction” and has gathered more than $20,000 of treasure and merchandise to auction for this virtual charity event.
Preview for the online auction opens June 20 and the bidding for the booty begins July 1, and continues until 5 p.m. EST, on July 20, 2021 – the 36th anniversary of the finding of the ATOCHA mother load.
This charity event will benefit the Wesley House Family Services of Monroe County and the Michael Abt Jr. Have a Heart Foundation.
You can purchase an event T-Shirt and other merchandise here.
In 1998, the first annual Mel Fisher Appreciation Days were held celebrating Mel Fisher and the finding of the motherload of the Atocha in July 1985.
Mel Fisher was honored as a group of family, friends, and supporters formed a parade, wearing “Today’s the Day” t-shirts and waving Conch Republic flags, following “King Mel,” ensconced in a pedicab with his Conch Republic Crown and his Conch Shell scepter.
Each year, the event became more popular and attendance grew so much, that the Fisher family decided to expand the event and donate the net proceeds to charities
The Mel Fisher family invites the public to commemorate the 36th anniversary of the “Finding of the Atocha mother lode” with a reunion of the Golden Crew members at Schooner Wharf Bar on Tuesday, July 20, beginning at 5:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.
At 6:45 p.m., the family will present the “2021 Mel Fisher Lifetime Achievement Award” to a deserving recipient.
“We hope that in 2022 we will be able to resume our All Out, All Day events with the whole shebang including guided tours being offered aboard one of our Salvages boats at the dock at Schooner Wharf Bar, Treasure Trivia, 50/50 raffle, live on stage auctions, and a chance to win authentic shipwreck treasure with the ‘treasured cupcakes” event, along with a live silent auction and family and crew reunion,” said the Fisher family.
“This year will be an exciting year since it will be the 400-year commemoration of the Atocha sinking, 1622-2022, and what would have been Mel Fisher’s 100th birthday.”
The Mel Fisher Days events have donated over $155,000 to the Wesley House Family Services of the Florida Keys and over $12,750 to the Michael Abt Jr. Have a Heart Foundation.
Wesley House Family Services of Monroe County is a nationally accredited not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting and nurturing children and strengthening families with programs and services that span all of Monroe County.
The Michael Abt Jr. Have a Heart Foundation is a 501-c-3 Florida charity that supports heart screenings on youth, awareness of sudden cardiac arrest in children, CPR training, and placement of automatic defibrillators (AEDs) in schools. All donations to either of these organizations are100% tax-deductible.
If you would like to donate to Mel Fisher Days use link below or text MELFISHERDAYS to (202) 858-1233.
Wesley House is a tax exempt, non-profit agency designated as a 501(c) (3) by the IRS – EIN #59-0624461
Michael Abt Jr. Have a Heart Foundation is a registered Florida Charity C#21741
ABOVE VIDEO: Treasure Ahoy at Mel Fishers Treasure Museum! Check out the authentic booty that is available for purchase today – while they last – at the world’s most famous treasure collection right here on Florida’s Space Coast.
ABOVE VIDEO: New footage of the bowl recovered from the Atocha site. Watch as Treasure Diver Tim Meade shows you the fully intact bowl discovered this month. This style pottery is known as “Columbia Plain” and is thought to be well preserved because of it’s thick nature.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Museum Entrance Prices:
Seniors (55+): $5
Children 6-12: $3
Children 5-under: Free
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