Treasure Fever, Fraud, and Sunken Riches

By John Amrhein, Jr. witness and SEA, Ltd. investor It was 1980 when I began my search for the Spanish warship, La Galga, which ran ashore on Assateague Island, Virginia, on September 5, 1750. After two years of research, I … Continue reading

Donald Stewart: Assateague Island Con Man

In the annals of maritime history, there is probably no greater fraud than a story about a shipwreck called the San Lorenzo de Escorial. This story purported to solve a centuries old mystery about where the horses that run wild … Continue reading

A Shipwreck, a Saint, and a Swindler

The Shipwreck of the Santa Rosalia by John Amrhein, Jr. It was the first week of June 1788, that the 300 ton ship called the Santa Rosalia arrived at Baltimore, Maryland, from Cadiz, Spain, captained by A. A. Pardenus. She … Continue reading

Schooner sinks with $270,000 in gold and silver off the Delaware Capes

That was the headline news in 1810. But before you grab your SCUBA gear you need to do your research. Captain Tucker left New York on board the Hummingbird in late summer of 1810 in his schooner, Hummingbird, destined for … Continue reading