Friday, January 29, 2016

The Atocha: Sunken Treasure

The following are photos taken in the Mel Fisher museum at Key West.  It is a wonderful exhibit, and my photos do not do it justice.  But, I wanted to convey a small part of a fascinating story.

The Atocha was built in 1620.  It was 112' long and 34' wide.   It could hold 550 tons.  And, it sailed with 131 sailors, 81 soldiers, 37 passengers, and 11 slaves and servants. 

Actual treasure taken from the wreck of the Atocha.

Yes...that's worth about $115,000. 

You can join the Mel Fisher expedition to this day.  Check out his website here.

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