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the proper sequence in our October European Dark Ages. I prefer to pin
issue, so we are running it again in It is always difficult to say a cer- the invention of the “mailbox” on
its entirety here... tain person was the first to invent my friend, the late Mel Fisher.
something. The old Russians joked
Mel Fisher was an engineer. and always bragged about their How do you dig down through 10,
When he began his dive operation in claim to an invention no matter its 20, even 30 feet of sand that covers
California he became an innovator. rightful heir. The Russians did it first treasure underwater? Hand fanning
and always better. We laugh since it will never get down that deep. The
Diving was at its infancy. Mel is partially true. deepest I had patience to dig by hand
married a landlocked Montana girl on a shipwreck site was three feet.
and together they started a family. Great civilizations before ours in By that time I was exhausted and the
They all became accomplished div- Egypt, Persia, in the Americas under sand kept collapsing into the hole.
ers and eventually participated in Maya, Aztec and Inca cultures, and
Mel’s dream to find sunken treasure. throughout the Asian world saw I sometimes use my SeaDoo
amazing progress in invention. underwater scooter to blow sand
During it all, Mel used his skills
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away. It works when I turn the along his young son. the ship for sorting.
propeller downward and brace the In a tragic accident, the boy decid- Also dangerous? Yes. Not only
scooter against my chest, but I still
cannot dig very deep. ed to take a swim while the mailbox- can the pipe get away from a diver
es were engaged. The water coursing and thrash around underwater, a div-
Mel Fisher and his dive teams had back along the ship’s hull drew him er’s hand and arm can be caught in it.
to move sand. Spanish galleons, lost into the unprotected mailbox and he
at sea in hurricanes during their colo- was killed by the ship’s propeller. I was working with a group of
nial conquests that lasted 350 years, divers salvaging ore from a ship
settled into the sand. Heavy objects Divers were often enough sucked torpedoed during World War II off
sank down to the coral substrate and up and thrown against the mailboxes Key West using air lifts. One diver
were covered by sand. to a point where safety devices had had his arm sucked into the pipe.
to be installed. Mel had iron bars Since the operation of the compres-
Getting to them would either have welded around the mailbox to keep sor was aboard ship, and he was
to wait until ocean storms pushed people and objects away from the working alone without any ability
sand away and uncovered cannons propellers. to communicate, he remained with
or you would have to move the sand. his arm stuck in the vacuum until he
It was impossible to communicate was rescued.
Mel moved sand. Lots of it. He with divers working below in those
did it by creating an elbow that days so it was imperative that these The diver’s arm had swelled as
could be lowered over the stern of safety screens be installed. They are blood and fluids filled his arm from
his treasure hunting vessels. The in common use today by underwater the force of the suction and he had
large elbow would be bolted in place treasure hunters. to have the arm sliced open by sur-
over the ship’s propeller. Once in geons to relieve the pressure from
place the vessel could be anchored Another method of moving sand the fluids.
fore and aft so it would not move is by the use of an air lift. This
when the propeller was engaged. device is simple to build and is noth- Arms, hands and fingers must
The invention was called a mailbox. ing but a long pipe, the diameter of be kept away from the operating
which depends on the operation. end of air lifts, and care must be
Not only was visibility improved used to operate them in a manner so
by sending clearer surface water A fitting is welded to the work- that valuable smaller objects are not
down below, the force of the down- ing end of the pipe and an air hose sucked into the pipe and lost again
draft of water from the churning goes from the fitting to a shipboard out the open end.
propeller dug neat, round holes in compressor. Compressed air is sent
the bottom clear down to the coral into the hose which creates a ven- Underwater treasure hunters all
substrate. turi system that turns the operating have their favorite metal detectors.
end of the pipe into an underwater In the early days metal detector tech-
Divers heavily weighted down vacuum cleaner. nology was from the mine detectors
could work under the propeller wash of World War II vintage. Adaptations
and see clearly as treasures were Handles welded onto the pipe had to be made to accommodate
uncovered. enable it to be handled by a diver their use underwater.
working underwater. The diver uses
Once you see it in operation, the this vacuum cleaner to remove sand. Inventors like Tony Spooner
mailbox is relatively simple. Ships He must watch carefully to grab any began working with Mel Fisher to
with two engines and two propellers object uncovered before it is sucked develop effective underwater metal
had two mailboxes fixed on the stern up the pipe and thrown out the open detectors that were practical and
platform. end. durable.
Mel’s mailboxes beat out the When Mel Fisher and his team Working under a mailbox people
previous innovation of a flat metal of divers uncovered uncut emeralds and things get tossed around and
plate lowered over the stern that on the Atocha site the air lift sucked earphones are not practical while
deflected the prop wash downward. them up and spewed them out the working in a prop wash. The power
Dangerous? Yes, very dangerous. open end. Divers had to grab the of surge pulls them off.
cascading green stones as they fell
When National Geographic back onto the sand. A vibrating device was created
Magazine assigned one of their top that fitted under a diver’s mask
photographers to cover Mel Fisher’s Mel’s solution was to have the against the bone behind the ear.
operations and treasure recovery on open end of the air lift attached to Instead of beeping, and rather than
the Nuestra Señora de Atocha and a longer flexible pipe that jetted the trying to look at a meter in lim-
Santa Margarita sites he brought finds into a metal screen on board ited visibility without having the
UnderwateMr TorreeaHsouwreTHou- nting Tools
John McSherry, a Veteran treasure diver, aboard the Tailhook
with the mailbox hauled up. Photos by John Christopher Fine.
inconvenience of ear phones, whose pop tops or aluminum cans. ter. The objects have to be iron like
cables can tangle and be washed Working on Mel’s 1622 shipwreck anchors or cannons. Magnetometers
away, the device would vibrate when will not detect bronze cannons, the
a hit occurred. sites in the quicksand it became kind the Atocha carried. There must
immediately apparent that genera- be significant amounts of ferrous
I have used my Garrett underwa- tions of fishermen and war activi- metal on a shipwreck for a “mag” to
ter metal detectors successfully over ties, including naval target practice pick it up.
many years. The late Charles Garrett and bomb explosions, resulted in a
was an avid diver and he invented lot of trash. Nevertheless the patient Simply put it is a magnet dragged
metal detector technology. and methodical treasure hunter was underwater connected to shipboard
always rewarded. computers.
When he saw the need for a
waterproof detector that could with- I watched with amazement as one Iron shipwrecks are found even
stand pressure up to 200 feet and be of Mel’s pioneer divers and close when buried under sand, as are
practical underwater, Charles came friend, Mo Molinar, went below. anchors and anchor chains.
up with a state of the art underwater There was nothing elegant about his
metal detector and was able to sell dress. Usually a mix of jeans, over- Side scan sonar has become one
enough of them to make them eco- alls and a wet suit top. Mo usually of the latest innovations that treasure
nomically feasible for the average never took a metal detector below hunters use to locate shipwrecks.
person. yet he always came up with a coin or
two even on the worst of days. The sonar sensor is inside a “tow
Garrett now produces a water- fish” that is suspended by cables
proof detector that can be submerged “You got good eyes,” Mo told me from the search vessel. Sonic pulses
in up to 10 feet of water with water- once. That was a high compliment are emitted from the head.
proof headphones. Divers that seek from this veteran treasure finder that
treasure on shipwrecks find Garrett’s could locate coins where no one else When they strike an object the
underwater detector, waterproof to could find them. signal is returned and interpreted by
200 feet, an important tool. a computer. When a hit is obtained
Like Mel and Deo Fisher, Mo the site is marked.
Metal detectors have various con- Molinar has passed on now. He was
trols and one of them sets sensitiv- a good poker player and many a Today it is unnecessary to
ity or discrimination. I never use diver lost their pokes to him aboard throw over marker buoys. Global
discrimination underwater. I do not “Virgalona” on lazy nights anchored Positioning Systems (GPS) as part
care if I recover 100 lead sinkers to over a treasure site. of the computerized location tech-
one coin. I want it all. I do not want nology mark the place automatically.
to pass up a thin gold chain or small Modern technology has advanced
coin hoping not to gather in more search techniques. Magnetometers The ship’s operator can then
will detect ferrous objects underwa- return to the exact spot where an
anomaly was indicated without hav-
ing to interrupt the search pattern.
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In the old days Mel Fisher put an Lakes and libraries go together. When the difficulty of the dive
observer on a platform set on pilings Local historical societies maintain is more than their skill level can
in mid-ocean. It was an unpleasant records of early settlements. accommodate the camera only adds
job in the brutal Florida summer sun. another burden. I have had to help
Divers called the observer “Fryboy.” People created their communities rescue overburdened divers.
along rivers, lakes, and bodies of
With binoculars and a positioning water. It provided transportation ave- Until skill and experience brings
device he would radio the search nues, food resources and irrigation. divers to a point where they can
vessel to keep it on course as it handle other tasks beyond diving, it
worked patterns underwater, mag- Towns and cities may be gone is best not to carry extra gear below.
ging for anything that might indicate now - settlements long ago removed
a shipwreck below. by progress. River banks may have Do not exceed your limitations.
shifted, lakes drained, and creeks Learn to dive from experienced
Side scan technology hooked to dammed. instructors and dive safely. Safety is
the GPS has eliminated the need paramount in any underwater trea-
for Fryboys, although magging in Ocean storms may have covered sure exploration.
summer from a search boat is still or uncovered beaches where once
a tedious job that requires toil and ships foundered and were washed up Have fun and remember Mel
great patience. on shore. Fisher’s optimistic call to his div-
ers (and the motto of Lost Treasure
Aerial observations are impor- Research is key to finding trea- Magazine): “Today’s the day.”
tant in locating shipwrecks. Veteran sure. Once on location, having good
diver and shipwreck historian Dr. tools is tantamount to success. Sources:
E. Lee Spence began flying lessons Author’s diving experience, use
to locate Confederate blockade run- The real cost is mounting an and testing of equipment.
ners off the coast of his native South underwater treasure hunting expedi-
Carolina. tion. Getting there only to have an Contribute to
underwater metal detector fail to
“When I saw a boil I knew operate is a grave disappointment. LT Magazine via TM
there was a shipwreck below,” Lee Metal ede-tmectaorislhaavte been
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Even with the best innovations fabrication to experts. I no longer
and inventions, the most important try to improvise or make my own
element that successful shipwreck experimental underwater detection
hunters agree on is the need for care- gear in plastic housings.
I rely on the technology Charles
The study of the accounts of sink- Garrett developed. It has been tested
ings from early newspapers and and refined over many years.
archive materials provides eyewit-
ness reports. Underwater treasure hunting
requires skill and patience. Like
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cated. Early books can be misleading ers that first they must gain experi-
as to shipwreck locations, although ence and be comfortable underwater
the research may prove helpful as a before taking on another burden.
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Kevin Dykstra and Frederick J. On board they found a safe with the The pair dove into the 37-degree water
Monroe think they have discovered a doors sealed shut. They believe the and found most of the vessel, includ-
boat with $2 million worth of gold.
fortune is stashed inside. ing the cabin and steering wheel.
$2 million In Gold In Lake trying to pry it open. down and talking to a friend of mine,
Michigan Shipwreck? In the late 1800’s, boxcars were and all of the sudden he says, “Fred,
Treasure hunters believe they you’re just the person I want to see
have found $2 million worth of gold pushed into the water to lighten their with your diving experience. My
stolen from the Confederates after cargo. grandfather told me a story that he
the Civil War in a Lake Michigan heard from a lighthouse keeper, who
Shipwreck. A story was then passed down originally heard it during a deathbed
Kevin Dykstra and Frederick J. through generations that the fortune confession, that there’s 2 million
Monroe, who have been search- was still inside one of them. dollars of gold bullion inside a box
ing for the long-lost bullions for car that fell off a ferry into Lake
a year, claim they have stumbled A deathbed confession George Michigan”.’
upon a 19th Century tug boat off of Alexander Abbott, who died in 1921,
Frankfort, Michigan, with the cabin is said to have revealed the location. They were out on the water during
doors still intact. one their searches when they saw
There is also a safe on the vessel, The ship was said to be fully the outline of a boat pop up on their
and the pair believe there is some- intact cabin and safe was still there. sonar.
thing hidden inside, and are now
Monroe was relayed the tale in Dykstra told the station: ‘I was
1972 and, 40 years later, they believe actually hovering over the bow of
they are closer than ever to finding
He told WZZM 13: ‘I was sitting
The pair have been searching for the gold off of Frankfort, Michigan, for
more than a year. Photos courtesy of http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/
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the ship, and when I looked down, The 70ft tugboat found in the California Gold Marketing Group
I could see the windless very clear. depths would have looked similar LLC of Brea, Calif., we see a veri-
table census of Territorial gold issues
They decided to investigate and to this vessel. from the Gold Rush.
plunged into the 37-degree water.
shipwreck.html The ship sank in a hurricane off
It didn’t take long to determine the coast of North Carolina with so
that it was a tug boat, and it was Treasure Yields 105 much gold aboard that news of the
roughly 70 feet in length. Territorial Gold Pieces tragedy sparked the Panic of 1857 on
The SS Central America is the Wall Street.
He added: ‘I was actually hover- sunken treasure wreck that just keeps
ing over the bow of the ship, and on giving. A remarkable 105 pieces fall into
when I looked down, I could see the From the latest release of the the Territorial gold coin category.
windless very clear.
All have been slabbed by the
‘As I looked to the back of the Professional Coin Grading Service.
cabin, there was a rear door to the Eager coin buyers will read the list
cabin,’ said Dykstra. ‘Just to the left of gold issues as a hungry person
of the rear door was a safe.’ reads a menu.
They believe the latest discovery “We have finished carefully exam-
may lead them closer to the lost box ining and cataloging the $5, $10
cars. and $20 gold Territorials we took
possession of earlier this year that
Courtesy of http://www.daily- were retrieved from the SS Central
mail.co.uk/news/article-3101245/ America in 2014,” said CGMG
Treasure-hunters-believe-gold- Managing Partner Dwight Manley.
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breech-loading cannons. ‘How old?’
he wanted to know. ‘1535, give or
take two months,’ I suggested. Since
the ship wound up being from 1533,
that was a pretty close guess!”
While there are plenty of ship-
wrecks in the area, almost all of
them are “recent”– as in having sunk
only in the last 120 years or so.
The oldest shipwreck found in the
area at that point was The Vlissingen,
which went ashore in Meob Bay in
Upon his arrival to the site, Noli
realized pretty quickly this new find
would be the oldest one yet.
“Once [there], the copper half- A photo of the Namibian shipwreck site (The De Beers Group of Companies)
spheres had me flummoxed,” he
said. “But then I saw the wooden
stock of a matchlock musket lying the shoulder – indicated that it was early 16th century and that there
at my feet. Picking it up, I saw that from the early century, matching would be a lot to find in very good
the style of the stock – made to fit the age of the cannons. Right then nick, because if the stock of a mus-
against the cheek, rather than against I knew that we had a ship from the ket survived, a LOT of other stuff
would have done so as well.”
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A diamond found quently crushed, pinned down and
at the Crater of protected by a massive piece of the
side of the ship which broke free
Diamonds in from the disintegrating hull,” Noli
As for what it was doing off
the coast, he’s hoping Portuguese
records may shine some light on the
So who gets the gold? “The
Namibian government – every single
coin,” he said.
“That is the normal procedure
when a ship is found on a beach.
The only exception is when it is
a ship of state – then the country
under whose flag the ship was sail-
ing gets it and all its contents. And
apparently went to its watery grave. The drawing for
In fact, it was the copper ingots that this Sweepstakes
ended up playing a key role in the
wreck’s preservation. will be soon
after the end of
“Marine organisms may like
wood, leather book covers, peach the month.
pips, jute sacking and leather shoes,
but copper really puts them off their www.LostTreasure.com Newsletter 8-21-18 21
food – so a lot of stuff survived the
500 years on the bottom of the sea
which should really not have done
so,” Noli said. “All this adds up to an
extremely unusual situation, which
led to truly excellent preservation of
an in any event unique site.”
How the ship went down and
what it was doing off a notorious
stretch of coast famous for its storms
and fog remains unknown, though
Noli has his theories.
He believes that a combination
of too much heavy cargo and poor
weather made the captain decide to
run the vessel ashore by putting out
his bow anchors and slowly beach-
The ship then hit a blinder in the
surf zone, where she heeled over in
the pounding waves. All attempts
to free her failed and she broke up,
starting with the superstructure.
“The treasure chest fell free from
the captain’s cabin, sinking intact
to the seabed, where it was subse-
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in this case the ship belonged to the states and Japan registered 173 dia- surface of the park’s 37-1/2-acre dia-
King of Portugal, making it a ship monds. mond search area between January
of state – with the ship and its entire and June.
contents belonging to Portugal. The The total weight for all diamonds
Portuguese government, however, registered was 38.658 carats. The search area is plowed periodi-
very generously waived that right, cally to loosen the diamond-bearing
allowing Namibia to keep the lot.” Three diamonds weighing at least volcanic soil.
one carat each were registered by
Courtesy of https://archmdmag. park staff during the first half of Rainfall washes the soil through
com/500-year-old-shipwreck-load- 2018. the search area, concentrating heavy
ed-with-gold-found-in-namibian- gravel and sometimes leaving larger,
desert/ The largest was a 1.42 ct. white heavier diamonds on top of the
gem discovered on April 18 by a ground for visitors to find.
Over 200 Diamonds Found visitor from Mississippi.
In First Half of 2018 Dozens of visitors have found
By Waymon Cox Another guest from Texas found a their very own diamonds in the rough
So far this year, more than 62,000 1.40 ct. white diamond on March 31. so far this year, and we are looking
people have come from all over the On June 29, a traveler from Indiana forward to seeing many more beau-
world to search for diamonds in recovered a 1.08 ct. white diamond. tiful gems during the second half of
Southwest Arkansas, and many have 2018.
found success. Including these three large gems,
By the end of June, park staff had 24 diamonds were found on the If you plan to visit the park later
certified 216 diamonds, including this summer, remember to wear a
146 white, 35 brown, and 35 yellow Diamonds found at the Crater of hat and sunscreen, bring plenty of
gems. Diamonds in Arkansas. drinking water, and take breaks from
The single most productive month searching to cool off and help pre-
so far this year has been March, in vent heat-related illness.
which 69 diamonds were registered.
Visitors from Arkansas registered For more information, visit
43 diamonds during the first half of www.CraterofDiamondsStatePark.
2018, while travelers from 26 other com, call 870-285-3113, or e-mail
Courtesy of http://www.craterof-
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Mel Fisher’s Expeditions
How Did You First He then explained if we were certi- Alabama, I retired from my career as
Learn About Mel Fisher? fied we could dive on the Atocha and a school teacher. I started spending
I first met Mel in January of 1996. Margarita wreck sites. We weren’t more time in Key West working in
My friend, Debbie, and I split up divers at the time so we went back the office, diving for treasure and
from my other friends while visit- to Alabama, learned to dive and sometimes even filling in as boat
ing Key West to see the Mel Fisher came back the following July. crew. It was an amazing experience.
Museum. We were supposed to meet
back up with our friends at 4:30pm We earned the nickname “The This has been the greatest adven-
but Debbie wanted to stay to watch Golden Girls” that day! We were ture of my life and I have met
the video in the museum. I wan- natural treasure hunters; on our third some of the best people through this
dered back into the treasure store dive we found a gold chain and we organization. The Fisher Family has
and ended up purchasing a pair of found an emerald while sifting. We always been good to me and I appre-
earrings. were hooked! ciate the wonderful ride I have had.
Luck was in my favor that I look forward to what is to come!
day. Mel Fisher was in the office What Makes You Excited
that day and we started chatting. My About What They Do Have You Personally
mother was also a “Fisher” from At Mel Fisher’s Expeditions? Found Any Treasure From
Indiana and we bonded on that con- I was in town December 1998 the Atocha or Margarita?
nection immediately. Next thing I when Mel passed away. Debbie I have found coins, a machete,
know Mel brings out a gold disk and immediately came to Key West to be spikes, musket balls, iron pummel
gold chains! Debbie was really jeal- here for the memorial service. At his from a sword. On April 30, 2002, I
ous I received the VIP treatment so memorial, I started thinking about found a 27.74 carat emerald under a
we both came back the next day to how he always followed his dreams shell. The emerald was my favorite
see Mel. and he never took no for an answer piece of treasure I have received in
He explained that he was still tak- and how I should apply this to my my yearly division!
ing on partners in the expedition and life. I made the decision right then For more information, log onto
we invested right there on the spot. that I was going to follow my dreams http://www.melfisher.com/default.
just like Mel and, when I returned to html
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More Favorite Finds
Some Favorite Finds Made by Lloyd Wyan,
and of the Civil War Relic Hunters
Lloyd said, "Williamsburg was good to me today. The second silver dollar I have found. 1889-O Morgan.
Also got a couple pistol bullets and a flat button."
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The Federation of Metal Detector 22nd – 23rd – Java Center, New ing, and a map can be obtained
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Region Hunt at the former Earl’s Hunt Extravaganza sponsored by the information call David Scales (205)
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and membership in the FMDAC is hunt and prizes include detectors, Annual Open Hunt hosted by the
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go to FMDAC.org or the FMDAC application is available for download prizes. Over 5,000 silver coins were
Facebook page, or contact Northern at www.gvts.org or you may contact seeded in the Hunt Fields. Contact
Region Director Debbie Buxton at John Howard at 34 Bayberry Lane, Robert Jordan at (972) 839-6647 or
[email protected] Rochester, NY 14616 or [email protected] at [email protected] or visit
rochester.rr.com the Club’s website at www.lonestar-
7th – 8th – Penticton, British treasure.org for information.
Columbia. The Okanagan Treasure 29th – Annapolis, Maryland.
Hunters Club’s 10th Annual Hunt Silver Frenzy V Open Hunt, spon- NOVEMBER
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in the dark and Saturday will have Recovery Society at Sandy Point Austin Metal Detecting Club’s Open
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