May 17, 2009
Spanish Silver Stolen from Horton Point Lighthouse"
SOUTHOLD, NY. The Southold Historical Society
has announced that a rare collection of Spanish
silver coins excavated from a wreck off Horton Point
were stolen from the Horton Point Lighthouse
Nautical Museum in Southold on Saturday, May 16,
coins, which were on display in a sealed case, were
removed sometime between 11am and 5pm on Saturday
during the Lighthouse Challenge - a popular event
that occurs each May.
are simply heartbroken," stated Geoffrey K. Fleming,
Director of the Society. "It is a great tragedy
when objects are stolen from museums - even more so
when they have a very special connection to the
area," he continued.
approximately 20 Spanish silver coins, which date
from between 1751 and 1782, were excavated from an
unnamed wreck that was discovered in 1994 off the
Long Island coast near the Horton Point Lighthouse.
"According to our records, the coins are the only
documented Spanish treasure found and recovered from
Long Island Waters - a great rarity," stated
Fleming. The coins were purchased by the Society a
few years later for a sizable sum so that they could
be permanently displayed to the thousands of
visitors who come to see the Lighthouse and Nautical
Museum each year.
"The saddest part of this unfortunate event is that
it happened in Southold, a place where you just do
not expect something like this to happen," Fleming
Society will be offering a reward for any
information that leads to the return of the coins.
Any information received regarding the robbery will
remain strictly confidential. If anyone has
information regarding the whereabouts of the stolen
coins, they are urged to contact the Southold Town
Police Department at (631) 765-2600.
further information, please contact the Southold
Historical Society at (631) 765-5500 or on the web