The largest treasure find of the year was recovered off Sebastian inlet last week. Real?
The largest treasure find of the year was recovered off Sebastian inlet last week. Real Eight Company, Inc., and Treasure Salvors, Inc., working as a team, made the recovery. Approximately 3000 pounds of silver in various forms has been hauled to the deck of the salvage vessel "Derelict", plus some gold which was recovered by the crew of Treasure Salvors' "Dee Gee".
Divers have been hampered by poor visibility and unfavorable sea state early in this diving season. Last week's discoveries were made possible by the use of underwater detection equipment.
The biggest discovery was on Tuesday, 22 June, when ten large silver discs, above 18 inches in diameter, were found. A heavy coating of dark silver sulfide obscures the bright shiney metal contained in the 60-70 pound cakes. Other silvers ingots were also found, some wedge shaped and corners in odd forms; some biscuit shaped and others cylindrical. Two unusual items are among the discovery. A small cluster of tiny silver coins shaped in the form of a pouch, and a beautiful bottle still sealed with the contents intact.
Thirteen gold four escudo coins were recovered during the week's activity.
Artifacts recovered include pieces of clay pottery and a large number of musket balls.
The entire find will be shown at the Real Eight Gallery located in the First National Bank Building of Satellite Beach, from Friday, 2 July through Monday, 6 July.
Announcements of previous salvage activities were not possible in prior years because of contractual restrictions with the National Geographic Society. Since the publication of the January 1965 issue of National Geographic Magazine, these restrictions no longer apply. It will be our policy to make periodic releases covering significant events as diving activities proceed.