Welcome to Atocha Treasure Adventures
Atocha Treasure Adventures: Sweat of the Sun, Tears of the Moon is written
by one of the very few people who worked for the Treasure Salvors organization,
in the “trenches”, day after day for almost two decades. Syd Jones started out
as a diver, worked his way up to captain of several Fisher salvage vessels, and
ultimately took over as the operations manager of the company in later years.
He and his wife, KT Budde-Jones, were both essential to the daily workings of
Mel Fisher’s famous salvage company, headquartered in Key West, Florida.
This book is a testament for all of us who labor at sea, be it in body or in mind,
pursuing lost wealth. Readers will absorb themselves into the complex themes
endemic to the relentless race for the ‘mother lode’ of the Atocha, the richest
treasure wreck in the Western Hemisphere to date. This is a page-turner you
won’t be able to put down! Contains dozens of previously unpublished photos
and eight maps.
DAVE CROOKS’ (www.sunkentreasurebooks.com)
“Once in a long while, a new book comes out that is so amazing and well
written, that I have to interrupt you to tell you about it!!! As many of you know,
I was vice president of Treasure Salvors (Mel Fisher’s company that salvaged
the Atocha) back in the early days. The truth of what really went on during the
Atocha salvage has never been written...until now. Syd Jones (an 18 year
veteran of Treasure Salvors) has done an outstanding job of recording the peaks
and valleys of the company, the trials and tribulations of fighting the State of
Florida, and the long days of drudgery at sea. You’ve gotta read it if you have
any interest in the Atocha or what treasure salvage is really like”