Site of Survivors' and Salvagers' Camp

Site of Survivors' and Salvagers' Camp (HM9AB)

Location: Vero Beach, FL 32963 Indian River County
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Country: United States of America
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N 27° 50.032', W 80° 26.053'

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The 1715 Fleet

Late in July, 1715, a hurricane destroyed a fleet of eleven or possibly twelve homeward bound merchant ships carrying cargoes of gold and silver coinage and other valuable items from the American colonies to Spain. About 1500 men, women, and children who survived the disaster and reached the shore made their camp along the barrier island near the place where the fleet's flagship had sunk. Governor General Corcoles sent a relief party composed chiefly of Indian auxiliaries from St. Augustine to provide subsistence for the survivors. These auxiliaries also gave protection and aid to the salvagers who used the campsite while working to recover the valuable cargo from the sunken vessels. Archaeological work at the site revealed that the salvagers seem to have erected some temporary structures for use as storehouses for the recovered gold and silver. While the salvage operation was in process, Henry Jennings, an English pirate, sailed to the site, drove off the guards and seized a large quantity of the recovered coins which he carried away to Port Royal, Jamaica. But the great majority of the treasure was safely regained and moved to Havana by the Spanish salvagers.
HM NumberHM9AB
Series This marker is part of the Daughters of the American Revolution series
Marker NumberF-222
Year Placed1974
Placed ByTreasure Coast Chapter NSDAR and Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 4:47am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 555714 N 3078927
Decimal Degrees27.83386667, -80.43421667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 50.032', W 80° 26.053'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 50' 1.92" N, 80° 26' 3.18" W
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Area Code(s)772
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 13180 A1A, Vero Beach FL 32963, US
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