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ATOCHA ODYSSEY COMES TO THE DETROIT BOAT SHOW

 DETROIT, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The 1994 Detroit Boat Show, scheduled for Feb. 5-13, will feature a spectacular multi-media presentation, on a giant video screen, about the famous Mel Fisher $400 million treasure find. To accompany this exciting 45-minute drama, approximately $5 million in 17th Century Spanish artifacts, including gold bars, jewels, coins, and precious stones, will be on display during the nine-day show.
 "This is a one-of-a-kind program, never before seen in the Midwest," said Van Snider, MBIA executive director. "The Treasure of the Atocha is the largest most valuable underwater find in history." The Atocha is the richest treasure laden galleon ever to sink in the Western Hemisphere. In September of 1622, after setting off from Cuba for her return journey to Spain, the "Nuestra Senora de Atocha", mightiest galleon in the fleet of King Philip IV of Spain was caught in a hurricane and sank off the Florida Keys. The ship was carrying over 47 tons of Spanish gold and silver, along with a multitude of emeralds and artifacts. It carried the wealth of a nation and with it sunk the aspirations of an empire. In addition to the material loss, 260 souls went down with the Atocha. Only five brave men survived the hurricane's wrath.
 After lying at the bottom of the sea for more than 360 years, the long lost treasure of the Atocha was discovered by modern day treasure hunter Mel Fisher. This discovery was the cover story in Time and Newsweek and has been the subject of four National Geographic magazines, two National Geographic TV specials, as well as several books and a movie on CBS-TV. The incredible 16-year search cost over $20 million, as well as the lives of three divers. Treasure salvor, Fisher, and his crew endured intense conditions to find this magnificent Spanish Galleon which has been referred to as the "King Tut of the Sea."
 The presenter of "The Treasure of the Atocha" is Pat Clyne, Fisher's chief underwater photographer. He brings with him a wealth of slides and underwater footage, as well as spectacular stories about the exciting trip. For a very limited time you can view the sunken treasure and purchase a piece of history from a spectacular $5 million collection of "pieces of eight," gold chains, jewelry, precious stones, and solid gold bars.
 Multi-media presentations are scheduled for: Saturdays -- 2 p.m., 5 p.m., and 8 p.m.; Sundays -- 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m.; and Monday- Friday -- 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
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 /CONTACT: Van W. Snider Jr., CAE, or Nicki Carl of Michigan Boating Industries Association, 810-344-1330 or 800-932-2628/


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