A Florida family finds $300,000 worth of sunken treasure, now that's spending quality family time together! Rick and Lisa Schmitt spend their time with their grown children searching for sunken treasure in the waters off the coast of Florida. This latest find was part of a shipment headed for Spain from Havana back in 1715, according to Yahoo News on Sept. 3.
The $300,000 worth of sunken treasure was all in gold. The gold coins and gold chains that the family brought up from the deep was from one of the 11 ships that left in a convoy and sunk during a hurricane almost 300 years ago.
The family has permission to treasure hunt on the site of this sunken ship, as the wreckage is owned by the company 1715 Fleet-Queens Jewels LLC. The ships manifest reports $400 million of treasure onboard at the time it went down. To date about $175 million has been found, leaving quite the take out there on the ocean floor.
The Schmitt family, who live in Sanford, Florida, have been hunting for buried treasure at the site for quite some time. Eric Schmitt was the family member to make this latest haul. He recalls how he pulled up a silver platter in 2002 that was worth $25,000 when he was just a high school sophomore.
Rick and Lisa Schmitt, along with their grown kids, Hillary and Eric, are hunting the same ship that legendary treasure hunter Mel Fisher first discovered. Brent Brisbon, the owner of the 1715 Fleet-Queens Jewels LLC, brought the rights to the wreckage from Fisher and allows others, like the Schmitt family, to treasure hunt on the site.
This can be very beneficial to Brisbon, as he gets his fair share of the take. Once the state of Florida gets their 20 percent of the haul to display in a museum. The remaining treasure is split 50/50 between the Schmitt family and Brisbon's company.
The 1715 wreckage that the Schmitt family hunts on was used as the basis for two movies, “The Deep” and “Fools Gold,” reports Brisbon.