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Shipwreck Consultant Dr. E. Lee Spence
Although long considered one of the founding fathers of underwater archeology, Dr. E. Lee Spence is only 58. He is an underwater archeologist, shipwreck historian, treasure hunter, author, and award winning artist and cartographer. To learn more about this unique individual tap here.


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