News Flash Home
The original item was published from 9/7/2022 2:34:02 PM to 9/30/2022 8:05:00 PM.

News Flash

Latest Headlines

Posted on: September 6, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Atocha Plaque Dedicated at Mallory Square

City Seal

Members of the Mel Fisher family, City officials, and the community gathered today to commemorate the sinking of the Nuestra Senora de Atocha and the entire 1622 fleet by unveiling a plaque.  On this day, 400 years ago, 260 souls were lost in a raging hurricane.  Also lost were 40 tons of gold, silver, and copper artifacts – until the persevering Mel Fisher located wreck in 1985.

Before the discovery, the treasure hunter had secured ownership of the wreck through the courts.  He and his wife founded the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society, a non-profit organization to support a collection of artifacts from the Nuestra Senora de Atocha and its sister ship, the Santa Margarita.

The plaque is located at Mallory Square alongside a time capsule commemorating the 200th anniversary of the founding of Key West.400th ann of Atocha sinking

In the photo from L to R: Mel Fisher's son Kim Fisher, Mel's daughter Taffi Fisher Abt, and City Manager Patti McLauchlin.

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Latest Headlines

City Seal

Paving of United Street

Posted on: February 21, 2024
City Seal

Martin Luther King, Jr. Pool Survey

Posted on: February 9, 2024
City Seal

KWPD Sponsoring Academy Recruits

Posted on: January 10, 2024
City Seal

Black History Month

Posted on: February 9, 2024
City Seal

Bike and Pedestrian Safety

Posted on: February 6, 2024
City Seal

Key West Named 2023 Tree City USA

Posted on: February 6, 2024
City Seal

The City Releases the 2023 Annual Report

Posted on: January 10, 2024
City Seal

New Residential Permits Available

Posted on: October 27, 2023
City Seal

Homeownership Course

Posted on: February 22, 2023