Schooner Wharf Annual Mel Fisher Celebration

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Spend a golden day at Schooner Wharf Bar, where Spanish galleons, treasure hunting ships, golden discoveries and priceless memories of the man who made it all happen – Mel Fisher – are on tap for this year’s Dock Party for Mel Fisher Days.

The celebration of Key West’s golden dream weaver begins at 3PM, Saturday, July 13th at Schooner Wharf Bar, where Mel Fisher “made his mark,” when his handprints were cast in a special mold and a section of the bar top is dedicated to his achievements.

Although it took Mel years to find the $400 million mother lode of the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha, it never took him long to find his friends at Schooner Wharf, where he could share his stories while keeping a sharp eye on the water that held the riches he was seeking.

This year’s Dock Party will celebrate the 34th Anniversary of Atocha’s Mother Lode Discovery and the “good ol’ days” by welcoming the 90′ JB Magruder treasure salvage vessel back to the docks behind Schooner Wharf. For the third time since the 1980s, the 100-foot working vessel will be on display downtown, showing off the latest treasure-finding technology that scours the ocean floor for centuries-old coins, gold bars, gold chains, emeralds and silver ingots.

Meet the Atocha divers and Magruder crew as they return from treasure diving and hear tales of high-seas and high-stakes adventures from Mel’s Golden Crew, current salvors and members of the Fisher family.

The Dock Party will include a limited number of tours of the treasure hunting boat and are available between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Advance registration discount tickets are available at

Attendees will have a chance to win cash with the 50/50 raffle. Take a chance to win a Santa Margarita Pearl in the popular “Have Your Cake and Eat it Too” raffle at 4:30 p.m. During the party, there will also be live treasure auctions to participate in and a HUGE silent auction!

There is a week-long raffle for a Grade 3 Atocha coin valued at $1,600 with the drawing at Schooner Wharf later in the evening, and you must be present to win!

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to R. Duncan Mathewson.

Today’s the Day…to celebrate Mel Fisher and his golden crew! Mel always said that “This place is a treasure,” so….come discover one of our island’s favorite watering holes for yourself!

See you at the Schooner Wharf Bar for the Dock Party Saturday, July 13 to celebrate Mel Fisher Days 2019 as the JB Magruder arrives from treasure hunting and docks behind the bar! Live music with island sounds by Cayo Ritmo Band will round out the party – it’s sure to be memorable!

Proceeds from Mel Fisher Days benefit Wesley House Family Services

For more information, please call (305) 292-9520 or see us on Facebook.

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