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Legendary shipwreck salvor to be honored

The late shipwreck salvor Mel Fisher is to be honored July 11-14 with a festival celebrating the 28th anniversary of his discovery of the sunken Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha.

Fisher and his crew uncovered a $450 million cache of Atocha treasure and artifacts July 20, 1985, after a 16-year search. The galleon sank in 1622 approximately 35 miles southwest of Key West.

Fisher's son Kim Fisher and grandson Sean Fisher, who direct the ongoing search for still-missing Atocha artifacts and treasures, spearhead the festival each year.

Scheduled events begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at the Schooner Wharf Bar, 202 William St. in Key West's Historic Seaport. On tap are games recalling Mel Fisher's exuberant lifestyle, a costume contest and authentic treasure prizes.

For information, visit or call (305) 296-6534.