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Treasure hunter searches for long-lost Spanish galleon in Nassau Sound

by Matt
Categories: History
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Published on: April 15, 2013

Nassau Sound is known for its tricky waters to navigate, shark infestations and a remote, narrow pass where the Nassau River meets the Atlantic Ocean.

Doug Pope also sees the sound as a possible site of treasure from the long-lost Spanish galleon San Miguel that wrecked in 1715. Pope is president of Amelia Research & Recovery LLC, based in Fernandina Beach, and his quest to find the San Miguel’s loot is the basis of his business.

Pope said the find of a jeweler’s furnace in 1993 near Amelia Island is believed to be from the ship that was part of a fleet of about a dozen that went down during a hurricane nearly 300 years ago. The treasure salvaging season for Pope commences in about two weeks, when area waters are most calm. (more…)

Wreck of the S.S. Gulf America

by Matt
Categories: History, Places
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Published on: April 13, 2012

70 years ago this week, World War II came to Jacksonville.  On the night of April 10th, a German U-boat about 5 miles off-shore sank the tanker ship S.S. Gulf America.  The explosion and fire were large enough to be seen from Jacksonville Beach.  Now the Gulf America rests in about 65 feet of water, and has become of one of the largest reefs off the coast of  Northeast Florida.  The boat itself is nearly unrecognizable, and is one of the prime diving locations in our region.  For photos and videos of the wreck, check out at

Treasure Hunting in Florida – Part 3: Amelia Island

by Matt
Categories: Treasure
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Published on: July 29, 2010

Known as the ‘Isle of Eight Flags’, Amelia Island is the southernmost of the Sea Islands that stretch as far north as South Carolina.  As the nickname suggests, Amelia Island has seen eight different flags fly on its shores, even those which may be rather obscure and short-lived.  Doubtless, its prime location as natural port on the Atlantic led to the conflicts that occurred here.  Where there’s conflict, there’s treasure. (more…)

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