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I knew Mel
Fisher when he had the dive shop in Redondo Beach,
California. My father was building boats in Santa Monica
at the time and I was 12-14 years old.
enrolled us in one of Mel's dive classes. We bought all
of our tanks, fins, masks, snorkels, etc. from Mel. He
sold my dad wet suit material and glue and told him how
to make our wetsuits. We all had homemade wetsuits -
they weren't nearly as comfortable as the one I have
now! The rubber was very hard and stiff and would cause
a terrible rash! We had to sprinkle baby powder inside
just to get them on!
At this time
Mel was talking about moving to Florida to find
treasure. My dad would say was "He's stubborn
enough - he'll either find it or have a great adventure
but he'll never give up."
years we (my family and boating friends who also took
classes from Mel) have followed Mel and Treasure Salvors
activities. From early National Geographic articles, to
many magazine stories and television documentaries,
we've kept close tabs on Mel's
great pride in him, his family and his company when they
finally found the main Atocha treasure. We were thrilled
to meet some of the crew when they toured in California
and have fulfilled our dream of visiting the museum in
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