“TODAY’S THE DAY!” (Mel Fisher’s Motto)
Mel Fisher (1922 – 1998) spent sixteen years searching for the wreck of Nuestra Señora de Atocha (“Our Lady of Atocha”), the most famous of the Spanish ships lost in a hurricane in 1622. It was a royal guard galleon with 40 tons of gold and silver aboard which sank in a devastating hurricane along with others in 1622.
After they found the ship in 1985, in keeping with his “today’s the day!” optimism, Mel commented later:
“I think that perseverance has paid. That’s one of the main things, just hang in there and do your thing and when people try to tear you down or get jealous, just let it go in one ear and out the other and keep on going.”
To learn more about Mel and his family and their enterprise check out their webpage http://www.melfisher.com/default.html. Interested parties can dive one of the wrecks or buy some of the treasures.
(On a personal note, after the treasure was discovered, I attended a tour of the Atocha treasures when it was shown at a jewelry store in Mobile, AL (my home town) . Kicking self now because I didn’t buy some of the coins which were for sale for MUCH less than they cost today.)
Photo of Mel Fisher from melfisher.com.
Tomorrow, Thursday Redux