Adventure lovers can celebrate the late Mel Fisher, who sought and salvaged the shipwrecked Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha, Thursday through Saturday, July 11-13, during Mel Fisher Days in his longtime home port.
Fisher and his crew uncovered a $450 million cache of Atocha treasure and artifacts in July, 1985 after a 16-year search. The galleon sank in 1622 about 35 miles south-west of Key West during a hurricane. Today, there is ongoing search for Atocha artifacts and treasures that still remain undiscovered.
Festival attendees can explore the Fisher family’s 90-foot working salvage boat J.B. Magruder, take behind-the-scenes tours of the family’s private artifact conservation lab, meet some of the crew that found the Atocha’s riches, and rock at a waterfront party that recalls Mel’s exuberant spirit.
Thursday and Friday, July 11-12, schedule features exclusive guided tours of the conservation laboratory at Mel Fisher’s Treasures, 200 Greene St. (side entrance). The one-of-a-kind tours show attendees how price-less recovered artifacts and treasures are conserved utilizing the highest professional standards.
Tours will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The cost is $15 per person in advance or $20 at the door. For registration, visit http://www.melfisherdays.com.
Saturday, July 13, high-lights include a 3 to 9 p.m. dock party with the Atocha’s “golden crew” at the Schooner Wharf Bar, 202 William St. in the Key West Historic Seaport.
The Magruder will be docked behind the bar and open for tours from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. Guided by Fisher crew members, attendees can view the equipment used in shipwreck search and salvage, learn how a wreck site is mapped and hear tales of salvage adventures from those immersed in the work. Cost for the 20 minute tour is $15 per person in advance or $20 on the day of the event. For tour registration, visit http://www.melfisher-days.com.All net proceeds from Mel Fisher Days festivities benefit the Florida Keys’ Wesley House Family Services, Inc