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Andy Matroci

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J.B. Magruder

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Significant Finds

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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.
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. Andy Matroci, Captain of the Magruder, said the gold bar is 12 inches long. 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. 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. Captain Andy Matroci's crew on the JB Magruder found an intact rapier, a dueling sword. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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!!! Congratulations to Captain Andy, Jeff, Bill and Kent.


The Magruder

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The Magruder, Captain Andy Matroci
Andy Matroci When you first meet Andy Matroci, Captain of the J.B. Magruder, you would never guess that this soft-spoken, unassuming man has had such a fascinating life, an illustrious 30-year diving career and has logged over 21,000 hours underwater. Read More Andy grew up in the windy city of Chicago. Being drawn to diving at a very early age, he became certified during his first year at Triton College and was a dive instructor by age 19. He achieved his next level of dive training in 1975 at the Ocean Corporation in Houston, TX, attaining his commercial dive certification. For the next few years, Andy worked commercial dive jobs in Morgan City, LA, San Diego, Chicago, and finally Gary, IN, where he was diving in an industrial holding tank. Needing some time away from such difficult working conditions, Andy felt a little awkward asking his boss for a vacation after only 2 months on this job, and was quite surprised when he was told yes, since Andy had already endured longer than any of the company's previous employees. So in early 1981, Andy's vacation took him from the cold Chicago weather to the Fort Lauderdale area for a visit with his grandmother and then on to Key West for some recreational diving. The first diver he met in Key West was Captain Billy Deans, who was to later become a very good and influential friend. Andy also heard of a man named Mel Fisher, a treasure hunter and diver looking for a lost Spanish galleon. After looking over the resume, Mel said to Andy, "I've never seen a diving resume before. Before he could catch himself, Andy laughed and then explained to Mel that he made more than that in one day at his present job. On July 20, 1985, as First Mate on the Dauntless, Andy had been plotting the charts and had spent time studying them. The crew knew they were getting close to something big because of all the treasure they were finding. On the 5th dive of the day, Andy said to his dive buddy, Greg Wareham, "Before we pick up anything, let's swim a compass course out of the hole to the southeast and see what's out there. Andy was heading back to the hole when Greg came up and motioned for Andy to follow him. Andy was heading back to the hole when Greg came up and motioned for Andy to follow him. Needless to say, Andy has countless fascinating stories of the recoveries, celebrities, and adventures that followed as the result of this great treasure find. He continued to work the Atocha and Margarita sites through 1991. At one time or another during his tenure, he has captained or co-captained the M/V Dauntless, M/V Magruder, M/V Virgilona, and the M/V Swordfish, as well as doing some work on the 1715 and 1733 fleets. Deciding it was time for a career change, Andy left in 1991 to work on the Nuestra Senora de Pilar, a 1690 Spanish Manila galleon off the coast of Guam. Andy's diving career has also taken him to many wrecks in the waters of the Philippines, Anguilla and Honduras and includes subcontract work on "Emerald City" in 1994 and on the Santa Margarita site in 2000. Also in the 1990's, Andy helped form a marketing company which has given him the opportunity to speak to thousands of children and adults in schools, universities, civic clubs, etc., sharing with them his knowledge of the history and archaeology of the Atocha and other historical shipwrecks. Despite such a busy career, Andy is a very dedicated and loving husband and father. He and his wife Monica are extremely proud of daughter Melissa, who will be attending Yale University this fall, and of their son Andy, who is 6 years old. Those who know and work with Andy are very happy to have his knowledge, experience, and strong leadership back on the trail and searching for the remaining treasures of the Atocha's manifest.


Gold Bar Found!

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


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.
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 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.


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