SCHOONER WHARF’S MEL FISHER CELEBRATION
Trade treasure tales and
priceless memories of Key West’s King
2017 Mel Fisher Celebration Photos
a golden day at Schooner Wharf Bar, where Spanish galleons, treasure
hunting ships, golden discoveries and priceless memories of the man
who made it all happen – Mel Fisher – are on tap for this year’s Dock
Party to kick off Mel Fisher Days.
The celebration of Key West’s golden dream weaver begins at 3 p.m.
Saturday, July 15th here at Schooner Wharf, where Mel
Fisher “made his mark,”
when his handprints were cast in a special mold and a section of the
bar top is dedicated to his achievements.
Although it took Mel years to find the $400 million mother lode of the
Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha, it never took him long to
find his friends at Schooner Wharf, where he could share his stories
while keeping a sharp eye on the water that held the riches he was
This year’s Dock Party will celebrate the 32nd Anniversary of Atocha’s
Mother Lode Discovery and the “good ole’ days” by welcoming the 90' JB
Magruder treasure salvage vessel back to the docks behind Schooner
Wharf. For the second time since the 1980s, the 100-foot working
vessel will be on display downtown, showing off the latest
treasure-finding technology that scours the ocean floor for
centuries-old coins, gold bars, gold chains, emeralds and silver
Meet the Atocha divers and Magruder crew as they return from treasure
diving and hear tales
of high-seas and high-stakes adventures from Mel’s Golden Crew,
current salvors and members of the Fisher family.
Dock Party will include a limited number of tours of the treasure
hunting boat are available between 4:30 and 7:00 pm. Advance
registration discount tickets are available now at
Attendees will have a chances to win cash and
treasure with the 50/50 raffle and you can
take a chance to win a Atocha Emerald with the
popular "Have Your Cupcake and Eat It Too!"
This year's Lifetime Achievement Award will be
presented to Andy Matroci. Andy worked his way
up to 1st mate on the Mel Fisher salvage
vessel Dauntless. On July 20th 1985 he and
Greg Wareham were the first divers to see the
elusive Atocha Motherload. During his tenure
with the Fisher family, Andy has also
captained or co-captained the M/V Dauntless,
M/V Magruder, M/V Virgilona, and the M/V
Swordfish, working on the Atocha, the
Margarita as well as doing some work on the
1715 and 1733 fleets. Needless to say, Andy
has countless fascinating stories of the
recoveries, celebrities, and adventures that
followed as the result the great treasure find
of the Atocha Motherlode.
Today’s the Day…to celebrate Mel Fisher and his golden crew! Mel
always said that “This place is a treasure,” so….come discover one of
our island’s favorite watering holes for yourself!
See you at the Schooner Wharf Bar for the Dock Party July 15
to kick off Mel Fisher Days 2017 as the JB Magruder arrives from
treasure hunting and docks behind our bar!