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Orchid in Indian River County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Site of Survivors’ and Salvagers’ Camp

The 1715 Fleet

 
 
Site of Survivors’ and Salvagers’ Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, December 5, 2008
1. Site of Survivors’ and Salvagers’ Camp Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected 1974 by Treasure Coast Chapter NSDAR and Department of State. (Marker Number F-222.)
 
Marker series.
Site of Survivors’ and Salvagers’ Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, December 5, 2008
2. Site of Survivors’ and Salvagers’ Camp Marker
McLarty Museum in background
This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 27° 50.032′ N, 80° 26.053′ W. Marker is in Orchid, Florida, in Indian River County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 1. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13180 North Highway A1A, Vero Beach FL 32963, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sebastian ( approx. 2.4 miles away); Moore's Point ( approx. 3.6 miles away); Roseland ( approx. 3.8 miles away); Smith Family Homestead ( approx. 8.1 miles away); Bensen House ( approx. 8.1 miles away); Fellsmere Grade ( approx. 10.6 miles away); The Fellsmere Railroad ( approx. 11 miles away); Birthplace for Equal Suffrage for Women in Florida ( approx. 11.1 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker is located directly in front of the McLarty Treasure Museum ($2 admission). The beach behind the museum is open to the public and treasures are still being washed ashore.
 
Also see . . .  McClarty Treasure Museum website. (Submitted on December 13, 2008, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraDisastersExplorationForts, CastlesNative AmericansNotable EventsSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
Entrance to the McLarty Treasure Museum image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, December 5, 2008
3. Entrance to the McLarty Treasure Museum
This view is towards the north.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 9, 2008, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. This page has been viewed 2,152 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 9, 2008, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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