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I spent time with some really great guys with whom I worked ten years ago on a Spanish wreck in the Bahamas. Underwater archaeology is an extremely arduous as well as intellectual endeavor, which seemed perfectly suited to the group. We spent between six and ten hours per day underwater, exposing, measuring, and re-burying the stern of the Henrietta Marie in just five days. It took a lot of concentration to coordinate all of the equipment and personnel involved and stay on schedule. Corey Malcom and David Moore had worked together for so long, their teamwork was a sight to behold. Despite the hardships of life at sea, we all had the time of our lives.

On the last diving day I caught a cold, which badly congested my ears. Through hand signals, I was able to get one of the crew to bring me fresh tanks for the next six hours so I could remain on the bottom and finish my work without ascending. That was probably the single longest dive I’ve ever made. On surfacing I discovered that my ears were swollen shut, and there was no way I would be able to dive again that day.

Watching the then new movie “Gladiator” aboard a luxury yacht on the way back to port was culture shock after five days on a workboat. It was the cherry on top after a great adventure with good friends.

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