Many people contribute to our increasing knowledge of ships, wrecks, and their stories. Others assist us in presenting that knowledge to the public.

John deBry

John has coducted research in Bibliothèque National, Paris and other repositories on French attempts to occupy the Turks Islands in the 18th century. He also searched for maps and other French documents concerning the Turks and Caicos Islands. John is the director of the Center for Historical Archaeology. The Center conducts research in French, English, and Spanish archives; assesses underwater shipwreck sites; and analyzes cultural material.

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Randel C. Davis, D.O.

In addition to being a physician, Randy has a degree in underwater archeology and has regularly collaborated with Ships of Discovery, inlcuding on the Gallega projec, the Nina project, the Endymion site survey; and lastly the Search for Trouvadore in 2004, 2006, and 2008. He is also the Trouvadore project diving physician, certified by NOAA in hyperbaric medicine.  His normal practice, however, is Emergency medicine and Tactical medicine in Phoenix, Arizona.


SEARCH Inc, Maritime Division

Jason Burns and Michael Krivor are the go-to guys for the SEARCH, Inc. Maritime Division. Between them they have more than 35 years of experience in maritime archaeology and remote sensing. They joined the Search for Trouvadore team in 2004, 2006, and 2008.

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richard Richard Coberly

An award winning photographer and veteran of more than 30 years in the visual communications business, Richard is equally at home behind a still camera, TV camera, or in the directors chair. A native of Texas, he is a founding partner in Windward Media. His production credits include World Charter & Sail for the Travel Channel, video camping guides, and music videos. Recent broadcast projects include Sailing Blind, In Search of La Salle, and the EMMY Award winning Wit, Grit, and Robot Games for HoustonPBS. Windward Media is currently filming a documentary about the Search for Trouvadore.

Veronica Veerkamp

Ronnie is the head writer for Windward Media and is in charge of research for all projects. As a founding partner in Windward Media, she brings with her a unique talent for telling a story, not only in words, but also taking full advantage of the visual benefits of Television. Her latest broadcast production credits include the award winning In Search of La Salle, Sailing Blind, and the Emmy winning Wit, Grit, and Robot Games produced for HoustonPBS. contact Windward Media


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Turks & Caicos National Museum

Ships of Discovery personnel and volunteers work closely with the Museum on a variey of projects of interest to both institutions. Most recently we have collaborated on the Search for the Slave Ship Trouvadore Project in 2004, 2006 and 2008. The Museum houses the exhibits and complete collection of artifacts from the Molasses Reef Wreck. Donald Keith is a member of the Museum’s Board of Trustees and President of the Friends of the Turks & Caicos National Museum, a US-based 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.

Denise C. Lakey

Denise worked with us for many years scouring Spanish archives for documents useful to specific archaeological projects. She cataloged thousands of historic documents pertaining to seafaring, such as bills of lading, insurance contracts, expense accounts, shipwreck inquiries, ship registers, loan agreements, legal inquiries, and lawsuits. Her expertise was (and still is) invaluable. Denise now makes her home in Farmington, New Mexico and occassionally helps us with archival research.

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David Hebb

Research in the British archives on 19th-century shipwrecks in the Caicos Islands has lead to several discoveries. David's main field of interest: European maritime and economic history, 1500-1800. Twenty years experience researching shipwrecks. Currently focusing on English East India Company vessels. Most recent book, Piracy and the English Government, 1616-1642 (1994).

Ph.D., F.R.His.S.

Award winning illustrator/author of such books as The Way Things Work. David traveled with us to Brazil to draw a replica caravel under construction and worked on wreck site in Bahía Mujeres, Mexico. The result of these experiences was Ship. His illustrations appear scattered throughout this web site.

Rudi Roth

Past-Secretary of the Ordnance Society and world-class authority on muzzle-loading ordnance. "One hell of a cannon illustrator," says a colleague. Researched cannon found on shipwrecks in the Bay of Campeche, Mexico, and the so-called Governor's Cannon on Grand Turk.

Robert Smith

As the former Head of Conservation at the Royal Armouries, Robert helped identify the so-called Governor's Cannon on Grand Turk, down to the warrant issued for payment on July 4, 1761, to "Richard Gilpin... a brass and shot founder of Stoney Street, Southwark, London."

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John Bratten

John compares notes with us on conservation matters, particularly artifacts that have lain underwater for five centuries. As head conservator at the University of West Florida Archaeology Institute Research Associate and an Archaeology Professor, John is also Head of Maritime Archaeology Program. Most recently he has overseen the conservation of materials excavated from the Emanuel Point wreck in Pensacola Bay, Florida.

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Bob Gascoine

Independent cartographer and explorer, Captain Bob lives aboard Aquanaut, often docked in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Probably knows more about the waters of those Islands than anyone. A veteran of the Molasses Reef Wreck excavation. Discovered a Taino canoe paddle on Grand Turk, one of only two such paddles known to exist.

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