Thursday, August 19, 2010

Mel Fisher Theft

From CBS4, Miami.

Wednesday afternoon, at 5:18 p.m., video security cameras recorded two suspects removing the bar from a case that had enabled museum visitors to touch and lift it, while keeping it secure.

Key West police and the FBI are working to identify the suspects who stole the bar, recovered from a wrecked 1622 Spanish galleon off the Florida Keys.

According to Alyson Crean, Key West Police spokeswoman, one suspect is described as a white male, about six feet tall with dark hair and a medium build. The second suspect is about five feet, six inches tall.The 74.85-ounce bar had been on display at the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum for more than 20 years and is worth about $550,000, according to museum officials.

It was recovered from the Santa Margarita shipwreck in 1980 by the late Key West shipwreck salvor Mel Fisher and his crew, while searching for the Margarita and Nuestra Senora de Atocha galleons.

The exhibit was a highlight of the museum tour because of the unique experience of holding gold worth so much, and for the historical value.

The gold bar is one of the most iconic and best known objects in the museum, according to Melissa Kendrick, the museum's executive director. She said said the museum's insurance company is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the return of the bar.

Fisher is best known for finding over 40 tons of silver and gold were located including over 100,000 Spanish silver coins known as "Pieces of Eight", gold coins, Columbian emeralds, silver and gold artifacts and over 1000 silver bars, from the sunken ship Atocha in 1985.

The find eventually totaled almost half a billion dollars.

Georgia And Catherine

It's a corner of Key West some people like to call Mid Town, between White Street and First Street, a chunk of the city located between Old and New towns.It is an area of the southernmost city that is close to the shops and businesses of the White Street corridor but not restricted (or enhanced) by the Historic regulations of Old Town.Cheyenne alerted a small dog inside this home to our presence and got a kick from a hairy leg for his prompt response to intruders. I find people who keep dogs and ignore them when they bark to be stupid beyond beleif. Might as well ignore your alarm when it goes off. And there's no need to be unkind to a dog doing his job.
Bicycles and palms, all Key West, all the time.
All bluff and bluster no doubt this bumper sticker. Better to speak quietly and carry a big stick as the saying goes.
I have always liked this cement walled Catherine Street home, doubtless owing to my anti-social nature, as an accidental extrovert or wayward misanthrope or even as an ironic humanitarian. Whatever it is I like my peace and quiet.This is a normal sized picket fence in Key West, for well adjusted people i guess.
Stairway to heaven. Possibly, or just an outdoor entrance to a high priced apartment.The (male) voice came through the foliage: "I didn't put it there." Which changes nothing as far as I am concerned.
Home made fence suppport. My idea of sensible do-it-yourself.
There is pleasure to be had in admiring the profusion of greenery in this urban environment.
If there were any doubt, parking isn't allowed here.That too is very Key West, every inch jealously guarded.