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Mr. Andy Matroci

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The Magruder

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The Magruder

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Gold Bar Found!

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Andy Matroci, Captain of the Magruder, said the gold bar is 12 inches long.


Latest News

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Captain Andy just got off the radio with Director of Operations Gary Randolph who confirms they have recovered a gold ring with a clear stone from the 1622 sunken Spanish galleon, Santa Margarita.

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In March of 2011 at the northern end of the Atocha site, Capt. Andy Matroci and his crew on the J.B. Magruder found a cluster of treasure that was extremely unique.
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Captain Andy, Captain Papo, and their crews are now underway heading to the Santa Margarita site.
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In September 2011 Captain Andy Matroci and the crew of the J.B. Magruder were continuing to develop an area on the northern end of the Northwest artifact scatter trail of the Nuestra Senora de Atocha, 1622. This same area has produced some intriguing finds over the past months including an emerald ring that has been evaluated at over 1 million dollars and a gold rosary of unique design.
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Captain Andy just brought in hundreds of artifacts recovered from the Atocha wreck site. He and his crew excavated 53 holes during their weekend trip and 51 of those had shipwreck material in them which is unprecedented in recent times.
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The crew is as excited as we are; make sure you ask Captain Andy for a tour the next time you are on the Magruder!
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Kim and Lee Fisher sat down with VP-Director of Operations, Gary Randolph, and our two boat Captains Jose 'Papo' Garcia and Andy Matroci to pour over the charts to decide which part of the wreck sites they will scour next.
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Captain Andy and his crew have found several hundred artifacts on the Atocha site and Captain Papo and the Dare crew have just started finding silver coins on the Santa Margarita site.
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Members Rick and Heidi made a trip to the Atocha site to help Captain Andy and his crew hunt for the remaining fortune in treasure that remains to be found. They had such a great experience they took the time to write about it.
Mel Fisher's Expeditions Atocha Dive Adventure From left to right: Crew Member Tim, Rick, Dive Master Chris, Heidi & Captain Andy
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Captain Andy and Captain Papo, along with their crews, are eager to get back to work.
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The virgin area that Andy is working on the Atocha site produced hundreds of musket balls, EOs (encrusted objects), spikes, pottery, ballast stones and wood from the ship. We spoke with Andy about the incredible experience and he said they need to go back to the same hole because they ran out of time before they finished it! He also said that the berm on the east side of the hole was loaded with metal detector hits so he knows which way to move the boat once they finish that hole.
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Check out the interview with Captain Andy below. He explains how the discovery felt and what he expects to find next.
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Captain Andy and the crew of the JB Magruder just returned from a very successful trip to the Atocha site.
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Congratulations to the Captain Andy and crew. Today's the day!
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After taking the emerald dredging equipment off of the Magruder, Captain Andy and the crew are back underway.
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Captain Andy and the crew of the JB Magruder have been relentlessly working the Atocha trail.
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Back in Key West I met with Andy, the captain of the Magruder. He and his crew left this morning to excavate an area on the Atocha trail that has produced numerous silver coins in the past. This would be a good week to find a chest or two of pieces of eight. Andy was so enthusiastic about this spot that I think I will head out on the Huntress and spend a day or two looking for piles of silver coins.
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Captain Andy Matroci and the JB Magruder ended up finding 14 emeralds last week and are already back out on the Atocha Stern Castle trail digging today.
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We just received word from Captain Andy and the crew of the JB Magruder that they have recovered two emeralds in the last two days.


Latest News

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Captain Andy and the crew will remain at sea as the weather looks incredible for the next week or so and they will switch gears to dive in the Quicksands.

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Captain Andy and his crew are working northeast of the Bank of Spain in a location that has been dubbed the Mystery Pile. It was given this name back in the 1980s right before the team was redirected on the trail to the main pile. The Mystery Pile refers to artifacts that were found the farthest east artifacts have ever been found in the quicksands and after studying the charts the team hopes to find even more artifacts in this area.
On their last trip out Captain Andy and crew found a very interesting lead bale seal which may have been used to mark who the owner of a shipment of silk or fabric was.
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Captain Andy just got off the radio with Director of Operations Gary Randolph who confirms they have recovered a gold ring with a clear stone from the 1622 sunken Spanish galleon, Santa Margarita.
...
In March of 2011 at the northern end of the Atocha site, Capt. Andy Matroci and his crew on the J.B. Magruder found a cluster of treasure that was extremely unique.
...
Captain Andy, Captain Papo, and their crews are now underway heading to the Santa Margarita site.
...
In September 2011 Captain Andy Matroci and the crew of the J.B. Magruder were continuing to develop an area on the northern end of the Northwest artifact scatter trail of the Nuestra Senora de Atocha, 1622. This same area has produced some intriguing finds over the past months including an emerald ring that has been evaluated at over 1 million dollars and a gold rosary of unique design.
...
Captain Andy just brought in hundreds of artifacts recovered from the Atocha wreck site. He and his crew excavated 53 holes during their weekend trip and 51 of those had shipwreck material in them which is unprecedented in recent times.
...
The crew is as excited as we are; make sure you ask Captain Andy for a tour the next time you are on the Magruder!
...
Kim and Lee Fisher sat down with VP-Director of Operations, Gary Randolph, and our two boat Captains Jose 'Papo' Garcia and Andy Matroci to pour over the charts to decide which part of the wreck sites they will scour next.
...
Captain Andy and his crew have found several hundred artifacts on the Atocha site and Captain Papo and the Dare crew have just started finding silver coins on the Santa Margarita site.
...
Members Rick and Heidi made a trip to the Atocha site to help Captain Andy and his crew hunt for the remaining fortune in treasure that remains to be found. They had such a great experience they took the time to write about it.
Mel Fisher's Expeditions Atocha Dive Adventure From left to right: Crew Member Tim, Rick, Dive Master Chris, Heidi & Captain Andy
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Captain Andy and Captain Papo, along with their crews, are eager to get back to work.
...
The virgin area that Andy is working on the Atocha site produced hundreds of musket balls, EOs (encrusted objects), spikes, pottery, ballast stones and wood from the ship. We spoke with Andy about the incredible experience and he said they need to go back to the same hole because they ran out of time before they finished it! He also said that the berm on the east side of the hole was loaded with metal detector hits so he knows which way to move the boat once they finish that hole.
...
Check out the interview with Captain Andy below. He explains how the discovery felt and what he expects to find next.
...
Captain Andy and the crew of the JB Magruder just returned from a very successful trip to the Atocha site.
...
Congratulations to the Captain Andy and crew. Today's the day!
...
After taking the emerald dredging equipment off of the Magruder, Captain Andy and the crew are back underway.
...
Captain Andy and the crew of the JB Magruder have been relentlessly working the Atocha trail.
...
Back in Key West I met with Andy, the captain of the Magruder. He and his crew left this morning to excavate an area on the Atocha trail that has produced numerous silver coins in the past. This would be a good week to find a chest or two of pieces of eight. Andy was so enthusiastic about this spot that I think I will head out on the Huntress and spend a day or two looking for piles of silver coins.
...
Captain Andy Matroci and the JB Magruder ended up finding 14 emeralds last week and are already back out on the Atocha Stern Castle trail digging today.
...
We just received word from Captain Andy and the crew of the JB Magruder that they have recovered two emeralds in the last two days.


March - April 2007 Newsletter - Mel Fisher's Treasures

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Andy Matroci, captain of the Magruder, remembers that in the long lean years before the discovery of the Atocha, Mel Fisher and his crew would often have to make repairs to their boats with whatever equipment they could find, borrow, or weld together from scrap.

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Mel had his usual optimistic attitude about the state of his fleet: "You don't have to be pretty to find treasure" Andy recalls him saying.
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Andy explains that the integrity of the hull of the boat has been inspected from the inside and out: "The entire exterior of the hull has been scraped, pressure washed, and painted - a nice blue with white trim. We have gone into all 7 bilge compartments with air chisels to chip away rust patches and then grind down to bright metal - if we find holes we cut away the area, and prepare it for a new steel plate to be welded on by a professional welder. The largest plate installed was about 5' by 2' but most repairs are much smaller, Andy says.
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"Bert and I aren't looking for anything more - well, except gold - but we love Andy and the crew of the Magruder.


November 06 Newsletter - Mel Fisher's Treasures

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Andy Matroci, captain of the Magruder, was at that time first mate on the Dauntless.He takes up the story: "Mel kept telling us that one day we were going to find a lot of emeralds.

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Andy remembers: "Fifty-four days after finding the Motherlode things were progressing on the recovery, but Kane (Fisher, captain of the Dauntless) wanted to do some digging.
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Andy speculates that the emeralds had all been kept together in a container that deteriorated over time, scattering the emeralds over an area about the size of a football field.

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