John Amrhein, Jr.

John Amrhein, Jr. is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has been a resident of the Outer Banks for twenty-three years. He is an award winning author of Treasure Island: The Untold Story and The Hidden Galleon: the true story of a lost Spanish ship and the wild horses of Assateague Island. Together these two books comprise the complete history of the 1750 Spanish fleet which was lost along the coast of North Carolina and Virginia. Amrhein has also authored numerous articles on the subject.

 Amrhein’s interest in maritime history began in the early 1970s when he began diving for Civil War artifacts. He soon chose to explore libraries, archives, and courthouses instead of the murky depths in his quest to discover the history of the Outer Banks. His interest in the 1750 Spanish fleet began in 1978 after discovering clues to the location of the lost Spanish warship, La Galga, which ran ashore on Assateague Island, Virginia, on September 5, 1750. In 1983, Amrhein’s research and investigations allowed him to locate the site of the shipwreck buried beneath Assateague. Today archaeologists are mapping the site and working to have the shipwreck listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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