Treasure Galleons in Ecuador! Interested in Diving With Me?

by Rick
(Quito, Ecuador)

A Hack Map from Southern Columbia

A Hack Map from Southern Columbia

To All Readers of This Page! I'm an American living in Quito, Ecuador. I'm writing to let you know that I have a copy of the famous Hack Atlas. I've spent some time with Google Earth and a Sea Charting software program to narrow down the locations of several old Spanish Treasure Galleon Wrecks. I'm to the point now where I need to go on-site and do some snooping around.

I was wondering if you would be available or know of anybody interested in doing some shallow water scuba diving to look for these wrecks. I will include one of the maps from the collection to show I have the atlas collection. Of course, it's not one with high value information on it, but it's a great example.

I hope you're interested and have the time to put into this adventure with me.

By the way, do you happen to have a hand held diver magnetometer? I have a UW detector but that may not be enough.

Stan's response: Rick is a great friend of mine. I can confirm that he is the real thing and has the goods. I even have a copy of the famous Atlas. This is a major opportunity for some very lucky people!

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Jul 11, 2017
Dangerous waters
by: Jim

Oh my!!

Amazing how that country operates.

If they would play fair and honest, a whole lot more treasure and money would come off the sea floor and into the country.

The most dangerous and dishonest pirates are dressed in 3 piece suits.

Nov 07, 2014
Unwilling Pirate
by: Bogroll Bobby

Been working the coast years now. Some time back Ecuadorian Navy robbed us a some serious weight in metal and then it cost us big to bribe our way out of lock-up, not once, but 2 times. They had us under surveillance apparently waiting for us to do the work surfacing the best of a major find. Since then, we are unashamed pirates using concealed dive-ops within fishing junkets. Otherwise if it ain't the locals or the Navy that do you, it'll be the Gov't should you try to do it legal and by the book. That's the reality of it these days and all I have to say about it.

Jan 21, 2014
Ecuadorian Gold Treasure Galleon Wrecks
by: Jack

Hello Don, Rick is a friend of mine, we dove a couple times together in Ecuador. I am sorry to say he has returned to the states, and I am not sure he is still on Stan's mailing list. It sounds like you know what you are doing to say the least. What is your experience with the Ecuadorian Navy and attempting to dive on wrecks along the coast?

Feel free to email me privately at: if you would like.


Jan 20, 2014
Don Johnson - Old Gold Treasure Galleon Guy Here in Ecuador
by: Anonymous

if rick lives in quito he should go for atualpahs gold or move to anconcito. i can help him put him on spot on 5 wrecks including the merchant, and the capitana with my dive capt. mario moncayo .email watch for my new website soon old treasure guy sez don johnson.hunt happy. been here along time 20 years on the hunt and find my old friend and partner told me ecuador is the last best place to hunt treasure. i have worked the med. with bert kilbride, the bahamas with ricky vaughn virgin islands solo, gulf of mexico solo, south pacific with several groups, and now i am slowing down @ 77 years. lets help rick. thanks don johnson.

Mar 30, 2012
Treasure Galleon Wreck Diving in Ecuador
by: Anonymous

Hello Captain Bill,

It is my understanding that Rick has left Ecuador. Those of us who know him, hope he returns soon. In the mean time, I live on the Ecuador coast, not far from at least one of those treasure wreck sites. I have posted in several of Stan's forums in the last couple of years. I am a NAUI certified diver. I have done a few open water ocean dives here and have all my own diving gear, two of everything in fact. If you would like to talk, my Claro cell phone number is 081760657. I also use Skype. E-mail works well too. My email is Jack

Mar 29, 2012
Contact Info for Ecuador Shipwreck Treasure Diving
by: Anonymous

Rick, I've worked on 3 Exceptional Exposure Dive Teams and have an extensive background in U/W salvage. I came across your post after it had been up for some time and have no way of knowing if this is still a viable project for you.
On top of my diving background, I have a USCG Masters License (unlimited tonnage / unlimited mileage).

I can be reached on my EC cell 08 317 9741
Give me a call if you're still in this project.

Captain Bill

Jun 06, 2010
Diving for Treasure!
by: Anonymous

I know Rick personally, and have done a couple of open ocean dives with him. I can say that he is a safe and sane diver. I would go diving with him anytime. All of you who dive know how important that is.

No one wants to dive with someone who is a danger to themselves and others.

I am a "Norte Americano" living on the Ecuador coast. I have all my personal diving gear, and an underwater metal detector.

I don't relish the thought of diving alone, as the buddy system has been drummed into me, but I am about to go anyway. There are dive shops in my area for whatever you need. If you want to dive, are a safe diver, know what you are doing, and find yourself on the coast of Ecuador, email me at

Rick, lets go diving!

Mar 29, 2010
Let's Go!
by: Tommy


I am also an American here in Ecuador with 2 Whites Surfmaster Pulse Detectors. Contact me at

Dec 29, 2009
Hi William
by: Anonymous

Again, sorry to respond so late. I have been busy. I am SCUBA certified advanced to 145 feet. I much prefer to dive between 15 to 60 feet. This allows for a much longer bottom time. That said, I will go wherever the sites are.


Dec 29, 2009
Hi Robert
by: Anonymous

Sorry it took so long to respond to your message. It would be great to work with you on some remote locating. I dont know much about it but I'd be interested in seeing it in action.

Dec 29, 2009
Ahoy Capitan
by: Anonymous

I belive every word you have written in your post. I don't have a problem doing some scuba diving on possible sites. The metal detector is the only thing that could land me in hot water. I don't have any sophisticated equiptment or even a private boat. I just have the maps and a UW detector. I appreciate your advice and will keep it in mind at all times. So, if you have any more specific info that you would be willing to share, please contact Stan and he will get it to me. The Hack Atlas maps are good but there is still a lot of area to cover without a boat. I would be pleased to share any discoveries with you as well.

Dec 28, 2009
Treasure Galleons in Ecuador
by: Capt. Keith

Hi Rick, I have been operating in Ecuador from 2005 to 2009. Stan is right about President Correa and laws changing all the time. I ran the diving operations on the coast as a member of a treasure hunting group from South Florida. We had two concession stretching for hundreds of miles of coast line. In the course of 5 years, we spent over a million dollars and right when we located one of the ships we were looking for, the Laws were changed and the 5 groups of treasure hunters operating in Ecuador were basically run out...

Our division contracts with the government were void and all artifacts were seized. The Ecuador Navy knows the laws and they don't mess around with persons that don't have a concession and are hunting with detection equipment. They take your equipment and send you to jail. Believe me, you don't want to be in a nasty Ecuadorian jail! Be extremely careful.

We have worked the Hack Atlas sites from Salinas to Jama. The Attorneys will most certainly take your money and set you up. You just can't take anything out of the country; you would be better off being a pirate like the local Ecuadorians are. That worked with us and others on the sites. Check out my web site: it tells the story.
Good luck!! Captain Keith

Stan's response: Wow! These are excellent words of wisdom! Thanks for your post Captain Keith. Your web site is most interesting too. For our readers... You must have a look at Captain Keith's web site. It is both fun and educational. Great stuff!!!

Oct 15, 2009
Wreck Salvage
by: William Kilgore

What depths do you plan on diving?

Oct 13, 2009
Wealth Finder Offers Help in Ecuador
by: robert thomason

Love your post - it shows the adventure in all of us. Picture an American who speaks no Spanish and took a five and a half hour flight direct from Atlanta, Georgia to Quito with only my scientific equipment as a carry on and no luggage. My specialty is remote locating but being in Ecuador, I am able to also do it in person. Congratulations on your adventure. I hope we can meet while i am still in Ecuador. Thanks, Robert.

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