When Dreams Become Nightmares

Russell K. Skowronek

in HMS Fowey Lost and Found

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033204
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039596 | DOI:
When Dreams Become Nightmares

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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

Chapter.  6476 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Underwater Archaeology

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