Sir Robert F. Marx
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Robert F. Marx an American scuba diver pioneer best known for his work with shipwrecks and sunken treasure.
Sir Robert Marx worked with the Real Eight on the 1715 Fleet shipwrecks and has done extensive research on the Fleet.
Although he is considered controversial by some for his many endeavors in treasure hunting, Marx has been described as “the true father of underwater archaeology”.
He was one of the founding members of the Council on Underwater Archaeology and participated in the creation of the research/professional degree of Doctor of Marine Histories and helped forge the future of underwater archaeology.
Marx was the co-organizer and navigator on the authentic voyage of the Niña II, a replica of one of Columbus’ caravels, sailing between Palos, Spain and San Salvador in the Bahamas.
He was made a Knight-commander in the Order of Isabella the Catholic by the Spanish government in l962 for his work with the Niña II.
Robert F. Marx has written over 900 popular articles and archaeological reports which have been published in more than 50 countries.
Among the 62 books he has written and had published the most notable are: The World’s Richest Wrecks, The Voyage of the Niña II, Treasure Fleets of the Spanish Main, Treasures Lost at Sea, The Battle of Lepanto , Always Another Adventure, Shipwrecks of the Western Hemisphere, The Underwater Dig, The Battles of the Spanish Armada, Capture of the Spanish Plate Fleet, In Quest of the Great White Gods, Buried Treasures of the United States, and Port Royal Rediscovered .
He also produced 55 television documentary films and has worked or appeared in more than a hundred more.
In addition to surveying and excavating sunken Spanish galleons and locating hundreds of shipwrecks, Sir Robert Marx spent four years excavating one of the most important archaeological sites in the Western Hemisphere, the sunken city of Port Royal, Jamaica.