|Key West, that glittering gem of an island at the southernmost point of the U.S.A. is also known as Cayo Hueso or "Bone Key". The name is literal; it is said that the island was once littered with the remains (bones) of prior native inhabitants. Today, Key West is a major tourist attraction for visitors from around the world who have arrived at our shores in a more fashionable manner.
One of the major attractions in all of the Florida Keys is Mel Fishers
Museum, located right in Old Town Key West. Also in the building, which
houses and displays to the public millions in recovered Spanish treasures,
are the offices and conservation laboratories of the men and women who
continue to carry out Mel Fishers legacy. It's from here that Mel and his
Golden Crew, as he liked to call them, brainstormed the search for the
Atocha and her sister ship, Santa Margarita. It was this unrelenting search
that held a spellbound world in fascination, while one man, undeterred by
government interference and financial and personal hardships continued to
follow his dream.
Today, you can still find our crew busy at work in the labs restoring
artifacts that are being recovered almost daily from those same two famous
shipwrecks. But, if you can't make it to Key West anytime soon, we would
still like you to meet our Golden Crew.