The Indian River County Libraries and the Friends of the IRC Library

in collaboration with the 1715 Fleet Society present:

Commemoration Week on the Loss of the 1715 Fleet

July 27-31, 2015 (Official Week: July 26-August 2, 2015)

 

 

WINNERS OF THE TREASURE HUNT

1st Place - 8 Reales from the 1715 Spanish shipwreck donated by West Bay Trading Company.

Winner- A. Clemons of Vero Beach

2nd Place - 1715 Commemorative Coins donated by the 1715 Fleet Society

Winner- G. Wilkison of Colleyville, Texas

3rd Place - $25 gift certificate donated by Captain Hiram's Restaurnat

Winner- M. Moore of Indialantic, FL

ANSWER KEY

 

WEST BAY TRADING COMPANY

GRAND PRIZE: 8 Reales donated by West Bay Trading

SECOND PRIZE:  1715 Commemoration Replicas (3) donated by 1715 Fleet Society

THIRD PRIZE: $25 Gift Certificate at Captain Hiram's Restaurant in Sebastian

DOWNLOAD - TREASURE HUNT AND TURN IN BY NOON JULY 31

 

Download a copy of a bibliography for all books on the 1715 Shipwreck.

 
PARKING
AVAILABLE IN THE FRONT AND BACK PARKING LOTS - OTHER PARKING
IS AVAILBLE IN THE 3-STORY GARAGE ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE LIBRARY
Artwork:
June 24 - Aug 29
Maritime Paintings will be displayed throughout the library compliments of the Vero Beach Art Club

Special art by:

  • Karen McKee's 13 feet long x 7.4 feet high canvas painting features her father, Art McKee working a shipwreck in a full hard hat suit, ca. 1952.
  • Jim Flood http://www.jamesaflood.com/ will have oil paintings of the Riomar Wreck (aka Hampton Court) and the 1715 Fleet leaving Havana Harbor.
  • Clara Miller of Fort Pierce, a self-taught artist paints in oils, acrylics and watercolors. Her paintings will be about the Ais Indians and the 1715 Shipwrecks.
Displays:
June - July
Display cases (4) will be at the at the Main Library. Thirteen historical panels will be at each library: Main, North County (Sebastian) IRC,  and Brackett libraries.

Contributions for the displays are from the 1715 Fleet Society (artifacts, displays, etc.), George Reed (model ship), Dann Jacobus (Dutch onion bottles) and Ron Rennick, Antiques (display cases)

Handouts: Handouts will be available for educational purposes.
Music: Al Scortino –singer / song writer will perform “Spanish Gold" and other songs at the main library on Monday, July 27 and Friday, Jul 31.

Sam and Seajay Milner - singer / song writer will perform at the Children's program on Wednesday
Special Presentation:
July 31st
Watch a 1997 interview of what may be the last known gathering of the Real 8 Corporation. The late Dr. Kip Kelso was the moderator.

Schedule of Events

Author Book Signing Monday, July 27. 10:00 - 3:00 P.M. IRC Main Library.
NO CREDIT CARDS. CASH OR CHECK ONLY
Children's Program Tuesday, July 28. 11:15 A.M. North Indian River County Library
Capt. Bonnie Schubert, Sam and Seajay Milner Wednesday, July 29. 1:00 - 5:00 P.M. IRC Main Library
1715 History Bus Tour With Margaret Weller Thursday, July 30. 8:30 - 4:00 P.M. IRC Main Library
Speakers / Lectures / Real 8 Video / Al Scortino Friday, July 31. 10:00 - 4:00 P.M. IRC Main Library

Author Book Signing

Monday, July 27. 10:00 - 3:00 P.M. IRC Main Library. 1600 21st Street, Vero Beach FL. Multimedia Room

Hundreds of books have been written about this incredible event in Spanish and Florida history. The loss of over 1000 people and eleven ships has been written about by historians, divers and salvagers. Come meet the authors and ask them the questions you have always wanted to ask.

Some of the authors will bring samples of artifacts they have found or own. You don’t want to miss seeing and touching 300+ year old artifacts.

Meet The Authors:
July 27

Click on the authors name for more books and their biographical information.

Daniel Sedwick - The Practical Book of Cobs

David Crooks - The 1715  Fleet Bibliography
Ernie Richards - The Shipwrecks and Their Coins
Pat Clyne - The Atocha Odyssey
Robert Westrick - The Treasure Fleet of 1715: Search for the Queen's Jewels
Terry Armstrong - West of the Bull: A Brief Romance with Forbidden Treasure
Tommy Gore - The Rainbow Chasers In the Great Florida Treasure Hunt
Robert (Margaret) Weller - Shipwrecks Near Wabasso Beach: East Coast of Florida
Dr. Eugene Lyon - Search for the Mother Lode of the Atocha
Sam Milner - Trouble With Treasure
Steven Singer - Shipwrecks of Florida
Timothy Walton - The Spanish Treasure Fleets
Tammy Gross - The Treasure Galleons

AUTHOR SCHEDULE

ALL DAY:   Tammy Gross, Florida Classics Library, Al Scortino, ARTISTS: Clara Miller & James Flood

10:00 AM - Noon - Dave Crooks, Timothy Walton, Margaret Weller, Ernie Richards and Nichole Abt of the Mel Fisher Museum

Noon - 2:00 PM - Robert Westrick,  Steve Singer, Pat Clyne

1:00-3:00 PM - Eugne Lyon, Daniel Sedwick, Sam & Seajay Milner, Terry Armstrong, Tommy Gore

 

Displays: What do we know about the ships? Salvage Camps? Where did the gold and artifacts come from? Who are the Ais Indians and what was their participation? Who was Jonathan Dickinson and did he know about the 1715 disaster? Examples of cargo and personal items that were on the ships will be displayed.
Music: Al Scortino –singer / song writer will perform “Spanish Gold” and other songs at the main library.
Handouts: Rack card of each author, bibliography of materials in the library, brochures

Children's Programs

North Indian River County Library

Tuesday, July 28. 11:15 A.M. . 1001 Sebastian Boulevard, Sebastian FL.

Children will learn about the 1715 Fleet disaster and make crafts.


IRC Main Library

Capt. Bonnie Schubert, Sam and Seajay Milner

Wednesday, July 29. 1:00 - 5:00 P.M. IRC Main Library

1:00 – 1:30 PM  Sam & Seajay Milner, Musical-Treasure - Ukuleles
1:30 – 2:15 PM Capt. Bonnie Schubert, metal detecting and diving
2:15 – 3:00 PM Crafts and snacks
3:00 – 3:30 PM Sam & Seajay Milner, Musical-Treasure - Ukuleles
3:30 – 4:15 PM Capt. Bonnie Schubert, metal detecting and diving
4:15 – 5:00 PM Crafts and snacks

1715 History Bus Tour with Margaret Weller

Thursday, July 30. 8:30 - 4:00 P.M. IRC Main Library

Margaret WellerSit back on a cool and comfortable bus July 30 and listen to Margaret Weller, widow of  Bob “Frogfoot” Weller, treasure diver and author as we drive by 1715 wreck sites and talk about the events that happened 300 years ago on the “Treasure Coast.” Margaret was born on the Island of Trinidad and lived in Venezuela most of her childhood years. In 1969, she became a scuba-diver and dived with her husband on numerous wreck sites such as the 1733 El Infante. Later, Bob and Margaret exhibited a large treasure exhibit in the Science Museum in West Palm Beach and continued exhibiting in many other museums around the country. This is a fund-raising event for the Friends of the IRC Main Library.

Handouts: Map of wreck sites, brochure, schedule of day, Capt. Hiram's menu and a schedule for Friday events.
Time: Registration: 8:300 AM – Bus will leave promptly at 9:00 AM and return at 4:00 PM
Where: Meet at the front entrance of the Indian River County Main Library at 8:30 A.M. to sign in and pick up goody bags.
Guide: Margaret Weller, treasure diver and widow of Frogfoot Weller, well-known diver and author.
Stops: Riomar Country Club to discuss three wrecks.
Turtle Beach
McLarty Treasure Museum - guides and video inside the building.
Mel Fisher's Treasure Museum (Sebastian) tour and video
Lunch: Lunch at Capt. Hiram's will be on your own. Menus will be provided.
Cost: $55.00 per person - Includes bus transportation, entry fees to McLarty and Fisher Museum. Lunch is on your own. Registration and tickets may be purchaced at the library, 2nd floor Archive Cnter and Genealogy Department. All checks are to be made to the Friends of the Indian River County Main Library.
Registration Form: Click Here: http://www.IRCibrary.org/pdf/bustour.pdf

Speakers / Lectures / Real 8 Video / Al Scortino

Friday, July 31. 11:00 - 4:00 P.M. IRC Main Library. 1600 21st Street, Vero Beach, FL.
Multimedia Room, 1st Floor

10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. Capt. Carl Fismer: Treasure Diving on the 1715 Fleet
11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Last known interview of the REAL EIGHT Group.
1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. Capt. Bonnie Schubert: The Gold Pelican of the 1715 Fleet
2:30 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Capt. John Brandon

10:00 - 11:00 AM - Capt. Carl Fismer: Treasure Diving on the 1715 Fleet Carl Fismer

Carl Fismer, affectionately dubbed "Fizz," is a treasure hunter that has dived on some of the world's most famous shipwrecks. He is often described as a real life underwater Indiana Jones. Carl is an active treasure hunter who travels the world looking for treasure and artifacts. He has worked with Mel Fisher on the world famous treasure ship, the Atocha. Carl Fismer is often called in as an expert on shipwrecks and treasures of the Spanish Main when producers and writers want to add realism to their productions.

11:00 AM - Noon - Last known interview of the REAL EIGHT Group.

A video-taping was done in 1997 during a library event. The late Dr. Kip Kelso is the emcee and he will be asking questions of Col. Dan Thompson, Lieut-Col. Harry Cannon, Louis J. Ullian, Chief Warrant Officer Bob Johnson, John Jones, Technological Consultant, Del Long, Master Machinist, and Rex Stocker (nephew of Kip Wagner).

1:00 - 2:00 PM - Capt. Bonnie Schubert: The Gold Pelican of the 1715 FleetBonnie Schubert

Capt. Bonnie Schubert started to sea early, making her first offshore passage from Florida to New England at six weeks old aboard the family charter schooner. A childhood of boats and diving in the Bahamas instilled a love of the ocean and exploration. In 1991, a Mel Fisher sub-contractor named Harold Holden, gave her a chance to dive on the 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet shipwrecks. Capt. Bonnie went on to outfit and run three salvage vessels, most recently the 45 foot Gold Quest. She has contracted for the Mel Fisher family and 1715 Fleet – Queens Jewels, while maintaining her ties to the Bahamas and active participation in the marine industry. Undersea, at the helm, and ashore, seeking the history of the lost shipwrecks is her ultimate goal. In 2010, the mother and daughter crew of two, Capt. Bonnie and “Momma Jo”, recovered the Gold Pelican of the 1715 Fleet

2:30 – 4:00 PM - Capt. John Brandon:John Brandon

Capt. Brandon found his first Spanish coin on the beach along the Treasure Coast at age 13, and that same year was introduced to legendary Florida treasure salvor Mel Fisher. Capt. Brandon applied for a position with Mel’s team, Treasure Salvors, Inc., on the spot but Mel told him he was too young and to try back in a few years. Capt. Brandon did and Mel hired him at age 16. This began a lifelong relationship with Mel and his family. Capt. Brandon played a key role in all of Mel’s discoveries from the early 1970’s on, including the discovery of the 1622 Spanish treasure galleon, Atocha, off Key West, the richest and most famous Spanish galleon ever found. Other than Mel’s own sons, Capt. Brandon became the youngest captain at age 19 of one of Mel’s salvage vessels, the 56ft. M/V Virgalona. In 1980 Mel bought Capt. Brandon his own salvage vessel the 40ft. M/V Endeavor which Capt. Brandon owns and captains to this day

Displays: What do we know about the ships? Salvage Camps? Where did the gold and artifacts come from? Who are the Ais Indians and what was their participation? Who was Jonathan Dickinson and did he know about the 1715 disaster? Examples of cargo and personal items that were on the ships will be displayed.
Music: Al Scortino – Singer/Song Writer will perform “Spanish Gold” and other songs at the main library
Handouts: Rack card of speakers, bibliography, brochures

All displays and handouts were researched and designed by library staff:

Pam Cooper, Hollie McDougall, Marie Correa, Michelle Wagner and Kittie Buskirk