Captain Syd Jones
Syd Jones joined Mel Fisher's Treasure Salvors team in 1979 and was involved in the major discoveries on the Santa Margarita and Nuestra Señora de Atocha sites, logging more than 7,000 hours underwater. During his 18 years, he captained several of the survey and recovery vessels, ultimately becoming the company's operations manager. Syd was also involved in the 1715 Fleet salvage operations operations off the east coast of central Florida as well as numerous shipwreck projects in the Caribbean.
Syd and his wife KT left Treasure Salvors in 1997 to restore and fly WWII bomber and fighter aircraft in central Florida. They were later employed to help start the Pacific Aviation Museum in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
They continue to search for new adventures.
Captain Kathryn (KT) Budde-Jones
Captain Kathryn (KT) Budde-Jones joined Mel Fisher’s Golden Crew in 1981. She has participated in the archaeological recovery of treasured artifacts from the Nuestra Senora de Atocha, the Santa Margarita and the 1715 Plate Fleet. KT participated in all aspects of the operation including archaeological diver, first mate, ship’s engineer, boat captain and historical research. KT shared the knowledge she accumulated during her thousands of hours diving through the development and participation in the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society’s archaeological seminars and education programs.