Field Team

Photo: Michael McCabe

Photo: Michael McCabe

Captain Robert Mayne:  Captain / Diver

Robert is a native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and has a life-long love of seafaring and exploration. As a 16 year old diver Bob discovered a 150 pound bronze ship's bell, cast by Henry N. Hooper of Boston; Hooper had been an apprentice of Paul Revere. Bob holds a 100 ton Masters License from the U.S. Coast Guard and has over twenty-five years experience in shipwreck salvage and archaeological exploration. Since 1977 Bob has also held a multi-engine aircraft pilot's license. From 1996 to 2009. Bob participated in joint ventures with an archaeological recovery company holding ‘research and exploration’ permits from the government of the Dominican Republic. While working in the Dominican Republic, he was instrumental in the recovery of experimental and rare nineteenth century cannon (carron guns) that were discovered near the small town of Buen Hombre on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. Several of these guns, now conserved, reside in the Faro Colon Museum in Santo Domingo, RD. 

Mobile 1 727-279-5460     rhmaynejr@hotmail.com 

Photo: Michael McCabe

Photo: Michael McCabe

James Kelly "Boo Boo" Garrett:   Skipper / Diver

First Mate and back up Captain, Boo Boo has worked for Captain Bob Mayne, off and on for 24 years. He is a jack of all trades, expert diver, welder, boat captain, and one of the funniest characters you will ever meet. Boo Boo keeps the crew and guests entertained with his sharp wit and talented guitar playing and singing. Truly one in a million! 

Photo: Michael McCabe

Photo: Michael McCabe

Steve Matanich:   Diver / Deck hand

Photo: Michael McCabe

Photo: Michael McCabe

Devon Butler:   Lead Diver / Deck hand

Photo: Michael McCabe

Photo: Michael McCabe

Mikey:   Diver / Deck hand

Photo: Michael McCabe

Photo: Michael McCabe

Nick Cook:   Diver / Deck hand

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Captain John Mayne:

John Mayne has worked for over 18 years in the marine industry. Twelve years were spent as Captain, Engineer and Diver aboard RV Aqua Quest in the exploration, research and recovery field domestically and abroad. Additional time was spent as Captain/Engineer aboard a 92’ Whale Watch Vessel in Bar Harbor, Maine. In Hawaii John was a technician at Captain Nemo’s Dive Shop, and crew aboard the Sea Smoke, a 58’ Whale Watching Catamaran. John holds: USCG 100 Ton N/C Masters License with Aux Sail and Towing endorsement, Merchant Marine Documentation, PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, PADI MEDIC First Aid Instructor, and NICET Certification. His recent experience includes technician/supervisor for radio reporting communication and monitoring systems. 

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Rick Horgan:   Remote Sensing Specialist

Rick is a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he began his career distinguished career as a specialist in the use of magnetometry, side-scan sonar, and sub-bottom profiling systems. Following his service in the navy Rick began to perform remote sensing investigations for government agencies, and ocean engineering firms, and founded his own remote-sensing services corporation, Sonnographics Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Rick has worked in the field with archaeologist Bob Baer on projects that include the S.S. Copenhagen shipwreck, and the discovery of important sunken cultural resources in the Florida Keys, National Marine Sanctuary in the Kirby Rose Admiralty Arrest Area. Rick has also located space capsules for NASA, and sunken ships and aircraft for the United States Navy, and United States Coast Guard. Most recently Rick has worked with Bob Mayne and Bob Baer in the Bimini Islands, Bahamas, carrying out research on a sunken site associated with the famous and enigmatic Bimini Road.