Shipwrecks
Enormous Amounts of Treasure

The numbers of shipwrecks that lay on the ocean floors is in the hundreds of thousands of vessels. No one really knows all the ships over time that were lost at sea. However, the advantages we possess are the ability to seize on, decipher and refine research that was well documented within the historical archives for the vessels at sea by Spain, Portugal, France and others. When they were moving hundreds of millions, or billions of dollars of the King’s treasure back home from the new world, they kept documentation of their voyages, which only makes sense. Most importantly, they kept records of their manifests of what was being transported back to the King, or Queen as it were. These manifests are installed and found in a limited number of accessible places within archives around the world, between Havana, Panama, and Spain. All are within reach and have been studied by our expert in archaeology. Galleon Quest will combine this knowledge with the additional extensive research done by our search and salvor partners, sometimes through decades of exhaustive expensive research on particular sites and ships, allowing us to able narrow down the places where materials and treasure have been found before and where they have not.

The returns on such wrecks can be enormous

Below is a synopsis of some of the top valued wrecks throughout the last decades alone that are examples of the values involved.

Recovering
$ 879 Million
Atocha (The Mel Fisher Wreck)
The cargo, that is the treasure, that the Nuestra Senora de Atocha carried was so incredibly large and vast that it is said it took two months to load. So, of course it sank! It went down off the Florida Keys in 1622, and all its gold, copper, silver, indigo, and jewels sank to the ocean floor. The Spanish tried desperately to recover it, but the sea can be a cruel and unfair slave master. Yet, one man, Mel Fisher, took on the beast and after scouring the seabed for nearly 17 years he was finally rewarded with victory. After over 350 years in the drink he laid claim to all her fortune. The ship was located in July 1985. The wreckage continues to be explored and excavated to this day.
Recovered
$120 to $ 120 Million
S.S. Republic
Dr. Lee Spence
The S.S. Republic shipwreck was discovered by Odyssey Marine, a popular deep-sea salvage and exploration company. The S.S. Republic had been submerged for over 130 years upon its discovery. It was said to have sank during a hurricane in 1865 off the coast of Georgia. Along with nearly 14,000 artifacts, over 51,000 U.S. silver and gold coins have been recovered. Other treasures include thousands of glasses, bottles, and stoneware containers. As it seems to happen with most all found treasures, shortly after its discovery a lawsuit was filed laying claim to the wreck by a man who accused the Odyssey of using his information in location of the wreck. A federal judge ruled in favor of Odyssey, and in 2004 the company was legally awarded ownership of the S.S. Republic’s cargo. Dr. Spence was involved in the search and finding of the Republic.
Est $4 to $ 4 Billion
San Jose Shipwreck
Shipwreck from 1708 off Columbia, was a Spanish Galleon sunk by British Ships with an estimated onboard treasure up to 15 Billion, including gold silver and emeralds. The wreck is now being exploited under an agreement with the Columbian government by a “private anonymous” funder.
$ 46 Million
Blockade Runner Georgiana
Dr. Lee Spence
The Georgiana was carrying over 100 tons of merchandise, medicines, and munitions, valued at over $1,000,000 when she was lost in 1863 while attempting to run through the U.S. blockade off Charleston. The wreck was discovered a mile off shore in less than 20 feet of water just over a century later by a teenaged diver (E. Lee Spence). Spence, using microfilmed newspapers and government documents, researched the ship for several years before beginning his search. He actually found her the first day he searched. His team eventually salvaged over a million individual, intact artifacts from the wreck, ranging from tiny brass sewing pins to cases of china, as well as two extremely rare cannons. That was over 50 years ago. If sold at today’s prices, the haul would have surpassed $50,000,000. Dr. Spence is our partner and our efforts off Cape Romain in the partnered admiralty area include the Georgiana as just one of our targets.
$ 1 Million
San Jose Shipwreck
Dr. Lee Spence
The S.S. Republic shipwreck was discovered by Odyssey Marine, a popular deep-sea salvage and exploration company. The S.S. Republic had been submerged for over 130 years upon its discovery. It was said to have sank during a hurricane in 1865 off the coast of Georgia. Along with nearly 14,000 artifacts, over 51,000 U.S. silver and gold coins have been recovered. Other treasures include thousands of glasses, bottles, and stoneware containers. As it seems to happen with most all found treasures, shortly after its discovery a lawsuit was filed laying claim to the wreck by a man who accused the Odyssey of using his information in location of the wreck. A federal judge ruled in favor of Odyssey, and in 2004 the company was legally awarded ownership of the S.S. Republic’s cargo. Dr. Spence was involved in the search and finding of the Republic.

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