The Matecumbe Historical Trust's monthly lecture Monday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. features Sean Fisher, the grandson of the World’s Greatest Treasure Hunter Mel Fisher. His topic will be “The Science of Treasure Hunting” at at Island Community Church, mile marker 83 bayside.
Sean Fisher spent most of his life in the historic shipwreck salvage industry. As the grandson of Mel Fisher, Sean grew up surrounded by treasure hunting. He started to dive at the age of nine, and found his first silver coin when he was 15 years old. He since has found all types of artifacts, from silver, gold and emeralds to spikes, musket balls and pottery. Just about anything you could imagine would be on a Spanish Galleon headed across the Atlantic in the 17th century he has found. Sean took a four-year break from treasure hunting to attend Portland State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing.
Sean spends less time on the boats and more time in the office now. As Vice President of the company, Sean focuses more on the business and legal aspects of the treasure hunting industry. He spends most of his time looking for new historic shipwrecks and funding for these operations. Still, he is lucky to have the freedom to get out on the boats for a couple of days here or there throughout the summer. Sean still lives his life according to his grandfather's famous mantra, believing that “Today is the Day,” that he and his company will find the next piece of history!
In his presentation, “The Science of Treasure Hunting,” Sean uses his family’s search for the Atocha as a backdrop to show how his grandfather did it, how his family has continued the search for the remains of the Atocha and other wrecks, and changes in technology. Sean discusses the technology used when Mel Fisher started treasure hunting, what we use today, and everything in between.
Guests may enjoy the opportunity to get up close and personal with history by holding some authentic treasure from the Atocha.
The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information call Barbara Edgar at 305-393-0940 or visit www.matecumbehistoricaltrust.com.