(Bob Marx in a promotional photo for Garrett Metal Detectors.)
Here's my third and final post on author, treasure hunter, and underwater archaeologist Robert "Bob" Marx:
Strong Professional Reputation
After the Maravilla debacle Bob Marx signed on with Sea World Enterprises, Incorporated in 1974 as the President of the company (that should give you a pretty good idea of his strong professional reputation and the high esteem he was held in). Marx remained with Sea World for two years until the lure of treasure hunting became too strong for him to ignore and he became expedition leader for L.O.S.T., Inc., a company devoted to searching for and recovering sunken treasure.
By the early to late-1980s Marx had moved on again, this time as Director of Operations for Phoenician Explorations and Archaeological Consultant to both Seahawk Deep Ocean Technology and Southeast Asia Salvage. In 1993 Bob was named Curator and Director for the Port Royal Museum of Sunken Treasure where he remained until 1996.
Since 1997, Marx has acted as an archaeological consultant for numerous companies, museums, and organizations as well as holding high-level positions with various underwater treasure hunting and salvage firms. Perhaps more importantly, Bob has authored over 35 books on a range of diving, treasure hunting, and historical topics, including:
The Battle of the Spanish Armada
Pirate Port: the History of the Sunken City of Port Royal
Treasure Fleets of the Spanish Main
They Dared the Deep: a History of Diving
Shipwrecks of the Western Hemisphere
The Lure of Sunken Treasure
Shipwrecks in Florida Waters
Underwater Dig: Manual of Underwater Archaeology
Buried Treasure of the United States
New World Shipwrecks
Treasures Lost at Sea
In the Wake of Galleons
Buried Treasures You Can Find
This is just a partial list. I've read a number of Bob Marx's books and they are always well written, meticulously researched, and highly interesting from a historical standpoint. (Note: If you're interested, you can use the Amazon.com search box on the right sidebar of "Treasure Trove Dreams" to track down some of Bob's books. J.R.)
(Bob Marx at a recent lecture.)
There's little doubt that Bob Marx is a living legend and a true "treasure." Bob's contributions to the fields of underwater treasure hunting, salvage, maritime history, and underwater archaeology are legendary and he personally paved the way for contemporary treasure divers all over the world.
Good hunting out there.
If you liked this post, you may want to read: "'Blackbeard's' Treasure Found?"
(c) Jim Rocha (J.R.) 2011
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