True Stories of Sunken Treasure

Weller, Robert “Frogfoot”

ISBN/ISSN: 189375801X
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: 1715 Fleet, 1733 Fleet, San Fernando, Lucayan Beach Wreck, Maravillas, Las Cinque Chagas, Atocha, Santa Margarita, Tumbaga Bars
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 5.5” x 8.5”
Pages: 112
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by Crossed Anchors Salvage, Lake Worth, Florida (2005), in paperback.
Description: This book is mostly about the author’s exploits salvaging treasure wrecks off the coast of Florida and in the Caribbean.  Some of the 16 stories were previously published in “Treasure Quest Magazine”, which the author owned and edited in the late 1990s…and some of the stories are new material.  In addition to chapters about the 1715 Fleet, the 1733 Fleet (including the “San Fernando” which no one has yet located), the Lucayan Beach Wreck, the “Maravillas”, “Las Cinque Chagas”, the “Atocha” and “Santa Margarita”, and the Tumbaga Bars Wreck, there are also stories about Cuban treasure wrecks, wrecks in the Azores, treasures on Tortuga island, and wrecks on “The Cobblers” reef off Barbados.  The author is the most successful salvor of the 1715 Fleet wrecks and many of his better finds are described in this book.  One of the “Top 75 Books”.

Salvaging Spanish Sunken Treasure

Weller, Robert “Frogfoot”

ISBN/ISSN: 0962835994
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: 1622 Fleet, 1715 Fleet, 1733 Fleet
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
Pages: 80
Editions: The real first edition of this book was produced in 1995-1996 as a notebook comprised of computer-printed pages and Xeroxed materials. The author used this in conjunction with a course he taught sporadically about salvaging sunken Spanish galleons. Later versions (1999) were revised and comb-bound. A paperback book was commercially published by Crossed Anchors Salvage (the author’s company), Lake Worth, Florida (1999).
Description: This how-to book is an excellent guide for anyone considering treasure salvage as a hobby, an occupation or an investor. The book includes chapters about the 1622, 1715 and 1733 Spanish treasure fleets wrecked off the coast of Florida, putting a salvage operation together, salvaging treasure on a budget of $5000 or less, working the site, preservation of artifacts, dividing up the treasure and approaching investors. It is very well written by an author who has been salvaging treasure from Spanish galleons since 1960.

Galleon Alley: The 1733 Spanish Treasure Fleet

Weller, Bob “Frogfoot”

ISBN/ISSN: 0962835986
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: 1733 Fleet
Comments: Includes a bibliography; illustrated
Size: 5.75″ x 8.75″
Pages: 314
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by Crossed Anchors Salvage, Lake Worth, Florida (2001), in both hardback with a dust jacket and paperback.
Description: This is the definitive book on the 1733 Fleet. Not only does the book present the history and location of the wrecks, but it also details who salvaged what off each wreck. It includes over 200 photos, many in color, and the story of Jack Haskins finding the famous 1733 “Capitana” gold medallion. The author is a renowned salvor and was involved in the treasure recoveries from several of the 1733 wrecks.  One of the “Top 75 Books”.