Funding and Support

The Search for the Slave Ship Trouvadore project has been a long-term collaborative effort by several entities fulfilling unique but complementary roles. We have been supported in our endeavor to unlock the mysteries of the wreck of the slave ship and the fate of its survivors by a wide range of individuals and organizations.


Turks & Caicos National Museum

The Turks and Caicos National Museum on Grand Turk was established in 1990, and is devoted to preserving and educating the public about the social and natural history of the country. Items on display include exhibits relating to the Lucayans, the original inhabitants of the islands from 700 AD to 1520, and an exhibition on the oldest European shipwreck to be discovered in the Western Hemisphere. The museum offers a variety of TCI-based education and outreach programs.

Ships of Discovery

Ships of Discovery, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico is an underwater archaeology research institute investigating shipwrecks, shipbuilding techniques, exploration history, and artifact conservation. The non-profit organization has consulted on archeology projects in the TCI since 1989, and was instrumental in the establishment of Turks & Caicos National Museum.

Windward Media

Windward Media, a Houston-based documentary film producer, has collaborated on a variety of films with HoustonPBS over the past decade. They have produced a wide range of videos and documentaries, winning several awards in the process. Lead producer for the Search For Trouvadore documentary, they have closely followed the story since it came to light.


NOAA Ocean Exploration Program

The 2006 Search For Trouvadore Expedition is underwritten by NOAA Ocean Exploration Program, which supports expeditions, exploration projects, and related field campaigns for the purpose of discovery and documentation of ocean voyages. NOAA is committed to the study and preservation of the earth’s marine ecosystems and cultural resources.

National Science Foundation

Windward Media and HoustonPBS were the recipients of a Media Planning Grant for the Trouvadore documentary project from the National Science Foundation-Informal Science Education (ISE) Program. The ISE program invests in projects that develop and implement informal learning experiences designed to increase interest, engagement, and understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by individuals of all ages and backgrounds.


HoustonPBS, the original US Public Television station, was established in 1953 as an educational broadcaster licensed by the University of Houston. The station continues to be a leader in programming for public television audiences. HoustonPBS provided support for the filming during the 2004 and 2006 expeditions.

TCI Community Conservation Fund

The TCI Community Conservation Projects (CCP) Fund provides opportunities for private individuals, local groups and organizations to help ensure that the natural, historical and cultural resources of the Turks & Caicos Islands can be enjoyed by all, now and for the future.

Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board

The TCI Tourist Board is chartered to support the tourism industry in the Turks and Caicos. Tourism comprises the largest segment of the country’s economy, sustained by the its beautiful pristine environment and, increasingly, its rich cultural heritage. The Tourist Board has provided substantial support for both the 2004 and 2006 Trouvadore expedition.

Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association

TCHTA is dedicated to the achievement of sustainable growth in tourism for the benefit of its members and the wider community, while protecting and enhancing the unique character and environment of the Turks and Caicos Islands. TCHTA provided substantial support for the 2004 Trouvadore expedition.

The Hartling Group

The Hartling Group companies are operated by Canadian Property Developer, Stan Hartling, who has pioneered two major developments in TCI. The Hartling Group provided substantial support for the 2004 Trouvadore expedition.

Additional Support

Friends of the Turks and Caicos National Museum
San Francisco Foundation
Teddy Foundation
Dayton Foundation
Royal West Indies Resort
Ocean Club Resort
Private Donors