The 1715 Treasure Fleet was a Spanish treasure fleet returning from the New World to Spain. At two in the morning on Wednesday, July 31, 1715, seven days after departing from Havana, under the command of Juan Esteban de Ubilla, eleven of the twelve ships of this fleet were lost in a hurricane near present-day Vero Beach, Florida; because the fleet was carrying silver, it is known as the 1715 Plate Fleet. Some artifacts and coins still wash up on Florida beaches from time to time. Around 1,500 sailors perished. Many ships, including pirates, took part in the initial salvage. A privateer, Henry Jennings was first accused of piracy for attacking such salvage ships and claiming their salvages. Treasure hunter Kip Wagner's team built an exhibit held at National Geographic "Explorers Hall" in Washington, D. C., featured in the January 1965 issue of National Geographic. This was the beginning of a fine collection of 1715 plate fleet treasure that brought hundreds of visitors from around the world. Wagner published his book Pieces of Eight in 1966.
This is a detailed account of the finding and exploration of many of these shipwrecks along the Florida "Treasure Coast." An exhibit was set up with a grand opening on May 1, 1967, at the First National Bank of Satellite Beach, Florida. In 1987, another ship in the fleet, the Urca de Lima, became the first shipwreck in the Florida Underwater Archaeological Preserves. Fisher's company, Mel Fisher's Treasures, sold the rights to the 1715 Fleet shipwreck to Queens Jewels, LLC. In 2015, 1715 Fleet - Queens Jewels, LLC and their founder Brent Brisben discovered $4.5 million in gold coins off the coast of Florida. Urca de Lima former HMS Hampton Court Santo Cristo de San Roman Nuestra Señora de las Nieves Nuestra Señora del Rosario y San Francisco Xavier Nuestra Señora de Carmen y San Antonio In the 2008 movie Fool's Gold, the protagonists are searching for the location of one of the sunken ships of the treasure fleet; the treasure fleet was used as the backdrop for a scene in the video game Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.
The main character, Edward Kenway, is aboard one of the ships in the fleet as a prisoner, manages to escape with the help of his future quartermaster, Adéwalé, recruiting other captive pirates as a crew. The pirates manage to escape the fleet and the hurricane by stealing the twelfth ship, the brig El Dorado, which Edward keeps and renames the Jackdaw, becoming the player's ship for the rest of the game. Edward makes reference to the event when Blackbeard inquires as to how he got the Jackdaw, the latter suggests visiting the site to salvage some of the lost treasure. In the 1977 movie The Deep "David Sanders and his British girlfriend Gail Berke recover a number of artifacts, including an ampule of amber-colored liquid and a medallion bearing the image of a woman and the letters "S. C. O. P. N" and a date, 1714. St. David's Lighthouse keeper and treasure-hunter Romer Treece, believes the coin has come from the wreckage of a twelfth ship, a French tobacco ship, being protected by the 1714 fleet and named Grifon, returning to Havana for repairs but sank off the coast of Bermuda.
The plot of the Starz show Black Sails revolves around the 1715 Treasure Fleet in its first season. The largest of the ships, the Urca de Lima, is wrecked during the hurricane off the coast of Florida, carrying five million Spanish dollars' worth in gold and other precious materials, pursued by Captain Flint and his crew; the treasure, colloquially referred to as "the Urca gold", is an important plot device throughout the series. McLarty Treasure Museum Mel Fisher's Treasure Museum Piracy in the Caribbean St. Lucie County Historical Museum Survivors' and Salvagers' Camp – 1715 Fleet Treasure hunting 1715 Treasure Fleet – website of the official salvors of the wrecks History of the 1715 Treasure Fleet; the Practical Book of Cobs 4th Ed. Sedwick – The Treasure of Cape Canaveral published in Indian River Journal by Brevard Historical Commission. Sunken Treasure: Six Who Found Fortunes, Robert F. Burgess, Mead & Co. 1988
Margaret Goodin Fritsch was an American architect. In 1923 she became the first female graduate of the University of Oregon School of Architecture and in 1926 she became the first licensed female architect in the state of Oregon, she went on to run her own architecture firm and served as a city planner in Alaska. Fritsch was born Margaret Goodin in 1899 in Salem, Oregon to Richard Bennet Goodin and Ella Emily Buck. After attending Willamette University for a year, she enrolled at the University of Oregon to study pre-med because her father believed that women were best suited to careers in nursing. At the university, Fritsch befriended students who were majoring in architecture, decided to switch to the School of Architecture, she graduated in 1923. After her graduation, Fritsch completed three years of internship at the firms of Houghtaling and Dougan, Van Etten & Co. and Morris H. Whitehouse, she received her license to practice architecture professionally in 1926, becoming the first licensed female architect in Oregon, her first commissioned project was the design of the Delta Delta Delta sorority house at the University of Oregon.
The same year, she was elected secretary of Oregon's State Board of Architectural Examiners—becoming the first female to hold the position—and held the role until 1956. Fritsch met her husband, Frederick Fritsch, a fellow architect, in 1925 and they married in 1928, they moved to Philadelphia and completed one collaboration, the Delta Delta Delta sorority house at the University of Pennsylvania in 1929. They returned to Oregon in 1930, where Margaret set up her own office three years later. Frederick had been diagnosed shortly after their marriage with an incurable disease, committed suicide in 1934. Fritsch was elected to the American Institute of Architects in 1935 and continued working for her firm until 1940 designing residential houses. After the beginning of World War II, she gave up architecture due to the lack of work and took on a job at the Portland Housing Authority, she became a city planner for Juneau and Douglas. Fritsch retired in 1974 and died of pneumonia in Juneau in 1993, she is buried at River View Cemetery in Portland.
Margaret Fritsch at Find a Grave
Jürgen Kurbjuhn was a German football player. Kurbjuhn had excelled as a youth-international for West Germany during his time with amateur club Buxtehuder SV and joined Hamburg's biggest, Hamburger SV, in 1960 when the club had just been crowned German football champion. In 1961 he was part of the Hamburg side reaching the semi-final of the European Cup against Barcelona and part of the 1963 German Cup winning side of the club, he retired, because of injury, after ten goals in 242 Bundesliga matches in 1972 as a left back. His West Germany career lasted five matches, between April 1962 and May 1966, he was unused by Sepp Herberger at the 1962 FIFA World Cup. He played his last international on 4 May 1966, when the West Germans beat Ireland 4–0 in a friendly, he was not selected for Helmut Schön's squad for the 1966 FIFA World Cup. From 1988 he owned an insurance company in Buxtehude. UEFA Cup Winners' Cup finalist: 1967–68 DFB-Pokal winner: 1963–63.