Treasure Hunting the Atocha

Atocha wreck is still golden

Key West bash celebrates search for treasure ship

By Wes Smith
Orlando Sentinel
Posted July 23 2005

“KEY WEST – Rivers of rum and Coke are flowing. Swaggering old salts are swapping tales by the treasure-trunk load.

Twenty years after Mel Fisher discovered the lode of a 17th-century Spanish galleon and its vast riches, the anniversary celebration is well under way and getting wilder by the hour.

… A new generation of divers led by a few Atocha veterans still works the site. Last month, one of their crew uncovered a 4-foot-long gold rope chain, affirming the family’s belief that the ship has given up only half of its treasures so far”

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