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HMS Fowey Lost and FoundBeing the Discovery, Excavation, and Identification of a British Man-of-War Lost
off the Cape of Florida in 1748$
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Russell K. Skowronek

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033204

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033204.001.0001

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When Dreams Become Nightmares

When Dreams Become Nightmares

Treasure Hunters and the Tragedy of Gerald Klein

(p.14) 2 When Dreams Become Nightmares
HMS Fowey Lost and Found

Russell K. Skowronek

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines the tragedy of Florida-based treasure hunter Gerald Klein. Klein found a shipwreck, which was later confirmed to the lost HMS Fowey, about twelve miles south of Miami and some twenty miles due east of Homestead. In October 1979, Gerald filed a case requesting title or alternatively a liberal salvage award to a wrecked and abandoned sailing vessel within the Legare Anchorage. However, the U.S. government intervened as a defendant seeking title to the wreck because it was located within the boundaries of a federally protected park, the Biscayne National Monument. Klein remained optimistic about his prospects, but on New Year's Day in 1982 he was shot in an armed robbery and died on the spot.

Keywords:   Gerald Klein, treasure hunter, HMS Fowey, shipwreck, Florida, Miami, Homestead, Biscayne National Monument

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