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Captain

Magruder
 
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www.melfisher.com, 24 Sept 2013 [cached]
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.
Significant Finds
www.melfisher.com [cached]
Captain Andy and the Magruder crew went out on Friday and were able to dive a couple of days before they moved to Emerald City.
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June 23, 2011, 35 miles West of Key West, Florida on the shipwreck site of the Nuestra Senora de Atocha a large emerald and gold ring along with two silver spoons and two more silver objects were uncovered by Mel Fisher's Treasures salvage vessel JB Magruder and her crew: Captain Andy Matroci and crewmembers Tim Meade, Bill Burt, Bill Reighard.
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Andy Matroci, Captain of the Magruder, said the gold bar is 12 inches long.
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35 miles West of Key West, Florida on the shipwreck site of the Nuestra Senora de Atocha a four foot long gold chain adorned with an intricately designed black enameled gold cross, a two sided gold religious medallion, a black bead and a gold floweret was uncovered by Mel Fisher's Treasures salvage vessel; JB Magruder and her crew: Captain Andy Matroci, First Mate Ryan Stapula and crewmembers Bill Burt and Tim Meade.
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Captain Andy Matroci and his crew on the Magruder just came in to our Key West headquarters after a successful 12-day trip on the Atocha site. Of the 42 holes he excavated, 22 of them contained Atocha artifacts, including the last 8 holes in a row! This is an unprecedented success rate of over 50%!
Needless to say, Andy and his crew can't wait to get back on the site and gradually widen the search around this "hot" excavation area.
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Captain Andy Matroci's crew on the JB Magruder found an intact rapier, a dueling sword.
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Captain Andy and the crew of the Magruder just brought in a large silver serving platter which is 14 inches in diameter and its pre-conservation weight is 5.5 lbs.
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Captain Andy Matroci, first mate William Burt and crewmembers Ryan Stapula, Scott Lang and Charles Craig uncovered this large gold bar and a small handful of silver coins.
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Andy Matroci and the crew of the Magruder recently brought in a very interesting artifact from the Atocha wreck site that has been dubbed the 400-year-old mystery.
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I just spoke with Captain Andy from the Magruder. He told me that they found a Gold button and eight coins on their last trip out. They are also consistently finding random artifacts.
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I just got off the phone with Captain Andy on the salvage vessel J.B. Magruder and he told me they just found two gold bars today!!!
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Congratulations to Captain Andy, Jeff, Bill and Kent.
Gold Bar Found!
www.melfisher.com, 27 May 2006 [cached]
Andy Matroci, Captain of the Magruder, said the gold bar is 12 inches long.
March - April 2007 Newsletter - Mel Fisher's Treasures
www.melfisher.com, 1 Mar 2007 [cached]
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
www.melfisher.com, 1 Nov 2006 [cached]
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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