Amelia Research & Recovery can deploy our new lift boat technologies to locate, study, or salvage ancient “cultural deposits” in ocean sites, which have significant archaeological and historical interest, and intrinsic value. We have many opportunities to work on known shipwreck sites, worldwide. Amelia can work with others who hold exploration or salvage rights to ancient sites, or we can work sites under our own permits. Currently we are working in Florida, close to our base of operations.

The Spanish Colonial Treasure Shipwrecks

  In the century following Columbus’ dramatic discovery in 1492, the riches of her New World colonies helped make Spain the most powerful nation in Europe.  Taxes of 20% payable to the King of Spain, the “Royal Fifth” on all goods shipped from the New World, enabled Spain to defend its Western Hemisphere claims against the English, French, and Dutch, and extend its empire halfway around the world into the South Pacific.  From 1530 to 1800 an estimated 8-10 billion dollars in gold, silver, precious gems and other riches, were mined in Spain’s New World colonies, then transported by the famous Spanish Armadas across the oceans to the motherland.

Florida Shipwrecks

  Florida is considered a world center for underwater treasure shipwreck exploration and salvage. According to famed author and maritime historian Robert Marx, “more work has been done on Florida shipwrecks than throughout the rest of the Western Hemisphere”. The Florida east coast and Keys have off-lying reefs and shoals which the Spanish Armadas had to pass as they departed the New World capital, Havana, and turned northeast through the Bahamas Channel on the journey home. Hundreds of ships have been lost in the Florida Keys, and throughout the Caribbean. Many have been found and salvaged. Others have never been found, or only partially studied and salvaged.

The Santa Margarita Our Winter 2004-2005 Expedition

  The Polly L’s new technologies are now at work on the Santa Margarita, a known treasure shipwreck first discovered by Mel Fisher in 1980. Mel Fisher’s companies are famous for their work on the Atocha, and her sister ship, the Santa Margarita, of the Spanish treasure fleet lost in the Florida Keys in 1622. Our target objective is the unrecovered remains of the Santa Margarita, working under a subcontract with Motivation, Inc., a Mel Fisher company. 

  Below are links to excerpts from The Santa Margarita Expedition 2004-2005, prepared by Jim Sinclair, the consulting project archaeologist for both Amelia and Motivation, which describe the history, and work in progress, on Amelia’s current Santa Margarita Salvage Project. The description of  the likely remaining undiscovered treasure aboard the Santa Margarita is the result of historical and archival research by retired Professor Eugene Lyon, a renowned authority on the Spanish colonial presence in the New World. A notable quote, by Mr. Sinclair, “evidence is mounting we are closing in on fabulous new discoveries. Compelling new findings are the result of Amelia’s work.”

Motivation, Inc. | History of 1622 fleet 

Santa Margarita Wreck Site Research and Exploration 

The Santa Margarita 2004-2005 Expedition

Historical and Archival Research and Documentation

Treasure and Artifacts Yet to Be Discovered

Shipwreck Salvage Opportunities

  Amelia's new lift boat technologies open the doors to go back to known treasure shipwreck sites in Florida, which have only been partially studied and salvaged to date. Amelia’s Salvage Operations utilize on site lift boat research and excavation technologies, to identify and recover historical artifacts from known treasure shipwreck scatter trails. Salvage Projects have substantial remaining treasure yet to be recovered. Below are links to more information about these opportunities. 

The Sandy Point Project  | The Jupiter Inlet Project

Shipwreck Exploration Opportunities

  Amelia’s “Exploration Operations” are a best efforts undertaking to locate and identify target treasure shipwreck sites, to be able to thereafter conduct Salvage Operations. Exploration Operations are much higher risk as it is unknown if shipwrecks in target areas will even be located. Go to the following links to learn more about Amelia’s two Exploration Projects:

  Amelia Island Project E-102L: The San Miguel and the Ciervo, two 1715 fleet vessels believed to have been lost in Amelia Lease Project areas, have never been located. We believe one or both of these 1715 fleet vessels wrecked near the south end of Amelia Island Florida in an area protected by the Company's exclusive permits granted by the State of Florida. Details are in the following link to Amelia’s 2002 Report to the State of Florida, and a 1999 Summary of Amelia’s historical research of the San Miguel. 

The Amelia Island E-102L Project  

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