The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum is a 501 (c) (3) accredited, not-for-profit organization existing to research, interpret, and exhibit the maritime history of Florida and the Caribbean in ways that increase knowledge, enrich the spirit, and stimulate inquiry.

On September 4, 1622 the Tierra Firme flota of twenty-eight ships left Havana, Cuba bound for Spain. With it was carried the wealth of an empire; Silver from Peru and Mexico, gold and emeralds from Colombia, pearls from Venezuela and Panama. Each ship carried its crew and passengers, soldiers, and all the necessary materials and provisions for a successful voyage. The following day, the fleet found itself being overtaken by a hurricane as it entered the Florida straits. By the morning of September 6, seven of these vessels lay broken on the ocean floor, scattered from the Marquesas Keys to the Dry Tortugas. In them were the treasures of the Americas, and the untold stories of scores of Spanish sailors, soldiers, noblemen, and clergy.

Archaeology ​ & Research/ 1622 Galleons

Nuestra Señora de Atocha & Santa Margarita - Spanish Galleons of 1622

 

On September 4, 1622 the Tierra Firme flota of twenty-eight ships left Havana, Cuba bound for Spain. With it was carried the wealth of an empire; Silver from Peru and Mexico, gold and emeralds from Colombia, pearls from Venezuela and Panama. Each ship carried its crew and passengers, soldiers, and all the necessary materials and provisions for a successful voyage. The following day, the fleet found itself being overtaken by a hurricane as it entered the Florida straits. By the morning of September 6, seven of these vessels lay broken on the ocean floor, scattered from the Marquesas Keys to the Dry Tortugas. In them were the treasures of the Americas, and the untold stories of scores of Spanish sailors, soldiers, noblemen, and clergy.

For more click here.

Photo Gallery of 1622 Galleons
Videos of 1622 Galleons
3D Gallry of 1622 Galleons

Our Location

200 Greene Street  |  Key West, FL 33040

Open Daily

Monday through Friday
8:30 - 5:00
Weekends & Holidays
9:30 - 5:00
Did you know that the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum is the only fully accredited museum in the Florida Keys? That means we’re more than just an exciting adventure story. We’re also a nationally recognized research and archaeology institution.
Mel Fisher Maritime Museum - Galleon "Atocha"
PLAN A VISIT   |   ABOUT   |  EDUCATION    JOIN & SUPPORT   |   COLLECTIONS   ARCHAEOLOGY & RESEARCH   |   CONTACT US

© 2019 by Mel Fisher Maritime Museum

200 Greene Street | Key West, Florida 33040