Coast Explorations & Tom Gidus is teaming
up with Capt. Kym Ferrell to work several of the 1715 fleet
shipwrecks, as subcontractors to Queen's Jewels LLC. Tom and
Capt. Kym have more than 50 years combined
experience salvaging the 1715 fleet. These wrecks are
still producing very valuable artifacts and treasures.
... Gold Coast Exploration was involved in a major shipwreck discovery offshore of Indian River County. This project is on hold. Click on the picture to read more.
...During the spring and early summer of 2008, Tom Gidus worked as chief diver and mag tech for Florida Research & Recovery Group, Inc., based out of Port Canaveral. (www.floridarrg.com) Seven miles off the Cape Fear, NC. coast, Tom and diver Jason Turbeville discovered a virgin, composite hulled shipwreck, estimated by archaeologist Rob Westrick to date to the early to mid 1800's. Tom reports that several dozen interesting artifacts were brought to the surface and are in the conservation process. The wreck was covered back up until a time in which it can be properly archaeologically salvaged . (see the news story here) Just 3 days after the discovery, the crew was caught in a severe squall and their salvage vessel, the Damit Janet, ended up hard aground on a shoal for 10 hours. The storm, one of the worst in recent history, resulted in several sinkings, groundings and 2 deaths.