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  • May, 2016

    After crunching some of last week's EM data Vice President, Gary Randolph, is excited to announce that it looks like he has an interesting target!

  • Mel Fisher's Treasures Historic Shipwreck Recovery
  • One of the reasons he is excited about this target is because when we surveyed this area with a magnetometer in the past we didn't get any hits close to this spot. This suggests that this new EM target may not be ferrous (iron) in nature. If it is a true non-ferrous target (i.e. gold, silver, copper, bronze) we may have something very interesting from the Atocha here.

    Stay tuned as the Dare is underway now heading to the Atocha site to dig out this "hit".

    Mel Fisher's Treasures Historic Shipwreck Recovery

  • March, 2016

    The wind has let up and the Dare is underway to the Margarita site!

    Captain Andy and his crew are still working on the Magruder. The main objective has shifted from the mail boxes to making sure the hull is sound and seaworthy. During their hull inspection process they identified quite a few areas in the hull that need to be patched so this is the priority at the moment.

    The Dare will work the Margarita site as long as this calm weather holds. The crew will be working a spot just to the west of the "Cannon Ball Clump" area which in years past, produced a significant amount of gold chains and gold coins indicated by the yellow marks on the chart below.

    Mel Fisher's Treasures Mag Hits Shipwreck Atocha Margarita

    They will also be checking a number of large magnetometer hits just to the south of the Margarita Main Pile area. These hits are along the incoming track (green line) of the Margarita and will hopefully lead to some new areas for us to work. Here is an example of one of these hits.

    Mel Fisher's Treasure

    On March 28th the engineers for Dolores are scheduled to come to town and update the inertial navigational system for Dolores, our HAUV to eliminate the position error we've been experiencing. Shortly after that she should be heading to the Atocha site to begin the survey of the deep mud area south of the main pile. We have a few clusters of magnetometer hits down this line and need to investigate them with the EM detection system to see if there are any non-ferrous (silver, gold, bronze) targets mixed in with the iron mag hits.

    "If it were easy everybody would be doing it!" - Mel Fisher

  • Once the Dare is back in service, we're planning to haul the Magruder out for a similar job. We have a few small keel cooler leaks that need repair and we're in the process of considering some new mailboxes as they are starting to get a bit tired.

  • The weather's been lousy so far this month with the Magruder only getting in one short trip so it's a good time to get this much needed maintenance work done and be ready to hit it hard this season!

  • January, 2016

    We hope everyone had a great holiday season and we wanted to give you all an update on what's happening here in Key West this month. The Dare has been hauled out of the water and the crew is currently working hard to clean the bottom after two years of growth in preparation for some fresh bottom paint. During this process, we also inspect all the thru-hull water valves, zincs, transducers and do a full inspection of the hull for any cracks or damage. We are happy to report that the hull and all fittings are in great shape and the crew is almost finished with cleaning and sanding the bottom. If the rain lets up early next week she will have two coats of bottom paint put on, the new zincs installed and a new grounding plate is being installed to give all of our sensitive electrons a good ground path.

  • Once the Dare is back in service, we're planning to haul the Magruder out for a similar job. We have a few small keel cooler leaks that need repair and we're in the process of considering some new mailboxes as they are starting to get a bit tired.

  • Mel Fisher's Treasures

    The weather's been lousy so far this month with the Magruder only getting in one short trip so it's a good time to get this much needed maintenance work done and be ready to hit it hard this season!

  • December, 2015

    Article in Treasure Coast Palm Newspaper.

    “There’s something in there,” says Josh Fisher-Abt, manager of Mel Fisher Treasure Museum and grandson of Mel Fisher. Fisher-Abt used a metal detector Monday to indicate where a box may be inside a cornerstone laid in 1916 at the old Fellsmere School. “If anyone can find treasure, the Fishers can,” said Fellsmere historian Rich Votapka, the leader of the expedition to extract a time capsule from the stone. (LEAH VOSS/TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS)
    Click here to read full story

  • November, 2015

    Sand Sculpture Mel Fisher's Treasures


    Second Annual International Sand Art Competition Includes Treasure Dig and Voting for People's Choice KEY WEST, November 16 – Over Thanksgiving weekend, six renowned sand sculptors from arothe world will be competing in the second annual International Sand Art Competition in Key West.

  • Last year, the sand-sculpting event drew over 12,000 spectators to witness the live competition unfold.

  • This free event starts on Wednesday, November 25 and continues throughout the weekend at the Casa Marina (1500 Reynolds St.) Visitors can watch the artists sculpt from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. daily. The sculptures will be lit in the evening starting on Friday, November 27 until 9 p.m. On Friday, November 27, the Mel Fisher Treasure Dig will take place at the Casa Marina at 2 p.m. Festival-goers can purchase a t-shirt that will serve as their ticket for a chance to participate in the Mel Fisher Treasure Dig. This year, a new set of lucky festival-goers will get the chance to dig for their own piece of Mel Fisher's bounty (a coin from 1715 Fleet valued at $950) or one of the numerous other prizes including a gift basket from Tito's Vodka, gift certificates to several high end restaurants in Key West, water sport activities and galleries.

  • On Saturday, the sculptors will put final touches on their sculptures until 12:45 p.m. Judging will take place from 1p.m. until 4 p.m. Visitors will be able to cast their vote for the popular "People's Choice Award" while enjoying live music performed by Miguel Perez and the Bahama Village Rhythm Section. The award ceremony will start at 5 p.m.

    Casa Marina, a Waldorf Astoria resort, is once again hosting the 2015 International Sand Art Competition. Starting on Wednesday, November 25, competitors begin sculpting their masterpieces made from just sand and water. Over the next three and half days, they will work to complete their sculptures, without the use of electric tools, molds, glue or any other tool untrue to the art of sand sculpting. Marianne van den Broek, event organizer and owner of Sand-Isle, the professional sand sculpting business in Key West expects this year's event to be even grander than last year. "We are bringing back some of the favorite sculptors and winners from last year as well as some new faces. They each have their individual talents and the competition will be fierce," promises van den Broek.

  • The 2015 International Sand Art Competition is sponsored in part by the Monroe County Tourism Development Council. For more information about the 2015 International Sand Art Competition, the six competing sand sculptors, and a full calendar of events, visit www.sandartkeywest.com or follow International Sand Art Competition on Facebook.

  • October, 2015
    For Love and Treasure

    For Love and Treasure, written by Monty Joynes, documents the continuing odyssey of the world’s most famous treasure hunters. Monty spent over a year researching and writing this book that tells the tales of our very own, Kim and Lee Fisher. The book depicts the risks, challenges and adventures they both endured in the 25 years following the finding of the ‘Motherlode’ in a way we’ve never read before.

  • Monty commented in his blog, “These explorers are not like us. They possess an indomitable drive to search and discover.” To view the writer’s full blog and description of the book follow this link:


    We’re happy to announce that For Love and Treasure is now available to purchase on our web store. Hit the button below to purchase your very own copy, the first 100 copies will be signed by Fishers.

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  • October, 2015
    Lost Merchant & Atocha Site Update

    Due to the continued bad weather off Cape Canaveral and nearly two weeks of waiting for conditions that would be safe to operate in, we've decided to bring the Dare back home to Key West to begin work on the Atocha and Margarita sites. As you can see in some of the past videos that we posted, it started to become a pretty serious safety issue with seas reaching 6'-8' feet.

    The good news is while executing our 24/7 off-shore operation we covered more ground than we have ever done in the past. This season we covered approximately a 27nm tall x 6.5nm wide area with our digital side scan sonar system and magnetometer extending our search area further to the north (shown below as the green box). After much discussion amongst our team, we decided to go north thinking the strong Gulf Stream currents may have moved our wreck further in this direction before settling on the bottom. Unfortunately, we didn't see the preverbal "smoking gun" target that would make us say "that's it, we found the wreck".

  • sonor

    We do however have a couple side scan sonar targets that do look like they could be very low lying wreckage with fish hanging on them and we were hoping to get back to sea and run the magnetometer over them but too much time was passing at the dock and we felt we needed to get back to work on the sites in Key West.

    We are planning to return next summer to continue this search and move out to the east a bit more to cover that side, then to the west to fill out the current search box area. Currently the Magruder is planning to head back out to sea on Wednesday and the Dare is doing some welding repairs on the mailboxes before installing them and heading back out to the site as well.

    We are happy to welcome a number of members into town this week and are excited to have them joining the crew to dive. If any of our members are in town (or close by) and would like to head out to dive the site, we have space on Thursday so give us a call to reserve your spot at 305-294-5441.

September, 2015
Mel Fisher's Treasures presents check to Wesley House

Key West, Florida Keys-On behalf of the Fisher family, a check in the amount of $18,602.50 as a result of the 2015 Mel Fisher Days' events was presented today to Wesley House Family Services.


The funds will be used as general funds to support local programs and services.

Wesley House Family Services provide services to children and families throughout the Florida Keys. Some of these services include Foster and Adoptive Care, Independent Life Skills & Training, Prevention and Intervention Services, Community Based Care, Healthy Families Monroe, and the Inez Martin Child Development Center. The Wesley House mission is to promote and enhance the safety, well-being and development of children by educating, supporting and meeting the needs of families. The goal of Wesley House is to help our community one family at a time.

Jeremy Wilkerson, Director of Development for Wesley House, says, "We appreciate the support that Mel Fisher's Treasures gives to Wesley House. They're always so generous to the community. Thank you to each of you for the time and dedication you give for the children and families of Monroe County."

Wesley House Chief Executive Director Beth Barrett continues, "We are very pleased with the generosity displayed and are excited to receive the donation this year, which is 20% higher than last year.

"Mel Fisher's Treasures and Wesley House Family Services thank the Key West businesses, volunteers and attendees who supported this event, making it another successful year raising money to assist children families of our island community.

Each year a celebration is held in honor of Mel Fisher's discovery of the Motherlode of the Atocha. Mel Fisher Days 2015 celebrated the 30th Anniversary with attendees from all over the country and many of Mel's Golden Crew from 1985.

100% of all net proceeds from these events were donated to Wesley House Family Services, Inc.

Mel Fisher's legacy lives on through his family, crew and everyone he inspired to never give up. They continue the hunt for the elusive Sterncastle of the Atocha by believing that Today's the Day!

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