TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS GOVERNMENT
Levardo Talbot Representative of the TCI Government Department of the Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR)
David Bowen – Trustee of the Turks and Caicos National Museum, Director of Culture for the Turks and Caicos Islands and lead Protagonist in the Trouvadore documentary
Nigel Sadler, MA – Director of the Turks and Caicos National Museum, archaeologist
Dr Donald H. Keith – Trustee of the Turks and Caicos National Museum and principal investigator
Dr Toni L. Carrell – Marine Archaeologist
Randell Davis, D.O. – Archaeologist and Project Diving Physician
James Hunter – Marine Archaeologist
Jason Burns – Southeast Archaeological Research Inc. (SEARCH)Marine Archaeologist
Michael Krivor M.A. – Southeast Archaeological Research Inc. (SEARCH)Marine Archaeologist
Richard Coberly – Director and Producer of Trouvadore documentary
Veronica Veerkamp – Lead Writer and Researcher for documentary
Fujio Watanabe – Videographer/Editor for documentary
Mitch Rolling, Owner of Blue Water Divers and Captain of survey vessels
Dylan Simonson Intern More Info
Eamonn Dowley Captain of Caribbean Explorer More Info
Nicola Martin Purser More Info
Donald Purvis Chef More Info
Johnnie Christenberry Dive Instructor More Info
Daniel Hallet Dive Instructor More Info
Reece Dennis Engineer More Info
Angelie Peterson Dive Instructor More Info
Jean-Francois Chabot Fleet Captain More Info
Jennifer Cumming Fleet Operations Manager More Info
Born in Grand Turk, Levardo a certified diver, worked as a chef and boat captain in the TCI before joining the Department of the Environment and Coastal Resources 2 years ago. He enjoys his work with DECR especially the enforcement and field work and is very pleased to be on board for this expedition. With a large family at home including 4 brothers and 7 sisters, he thinks the Trouvadore project is a very important one for the country and wants to know more about the history of slaveships and what happened to the ship and its survivors. In his spare time he plays a keyboard and bongo drums.
Acclaimed and experienced choreographer and performer David Bowen had traveled widely and performed in theater, on TV and even music videos in the USA, Europe and Japan. Born in the Turks and Caicos Islands with a family from Bambarra and Lorimers in Middle Caicos and childhood memories of Grand Turk, David is now Director of the Culture and Arts Commission in the TCI and lectures, performs and coordinates much of the cultural activity that takes place nationally and internationally. David is also Trustee of the Turks and Caicos National Museum and is President of the Turks and Caicos Islands Friends of the Arts Foundation.
Nigel Sadler is the lead historical researcher for the Trouvadore Project. Nigel, a land archaeologist retrained in museum management, became Director of the Turks and Caicos National Museum in 2000. He has undertaken extensive research in slave history and has published books and contributed to several publications. His specialist area is of Liberated Africans and he has carried out research in the Turks and Caicos Islands, Britain, Bahamas and the USA on the Trouvadore Story. His extensive slave heritage research, linked with general history research, has provided a background on the Turks and Caicos in the 1830s and 1840s, giving a context for Trouvadore and its impact on the nation.
Nigel has also been the elected President of the Museums Association of the Caribbean from 2003 to 2006.
Dr Donald H Keith
Donald Keith is the Principal Investigator of the 2006 Search for Trouvadore Expedition. He also directed the 2004 expedition. Dr. Keith has been the president of Ships of Discovery since its inception in 1989. A diver since 1969, he has directed field research from the Bahamas to Panama and has participated in shipwreck investigations in more than a dozen foreign countries. From 1980-1988 he directed the excavation, analysis and conservation of the Molasses Reef wreck, the oldest shipwreck found in the Americas. The need for a space to house the conserved artifacts was instrumental in the establishment of the Turks & Caicos National Museum in 1991. The Molasses Reef Wreck is the museum’s central exhibit. The discovery of archival documents by the museum’s founder Mrs. Grethe Seim, led Dr. Keith to spearhead the multi-year and multinational research effort for the slave ship Trouvadore. Dr. Keith is also a Trustee of the Turks & Caicos National Museum.
Dr Toni L Carrell
Toni Carrell is the Co-Principal Investigator for the 2006 Search for the Slave Ship Trouvadore Expedition, a position she also held during the 2004 expedition. She joined Ships of Discovery in 1990 after having worked as an underwater archaeologist for the National Park Service’s Submerged Cultural Resources Unit for many years. Carrell has extensive experience investigating shipwrecks from the 1600s to WWII throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. Her primary interest is hull construction. That led her to field directing the excavation of the La Salle shipwreck, La Belle for the Texas Historical Commission in 1997. Carrell served as Chairman of the Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology from 1995-2000 and represented the Society for Historical Archaeology during the UNESCO meeting of experts on the development of the international Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage, adopted in 2001.
Randel C Davis
Dr. Davis received his M.A. in underwater archeology in 1978. He has participated in numerous projects including the Padre Island Project, a 1554 Spanish shipwreck under the auspices of the Texas Antiquities Committee-1972; the Mombasa project, a 17th Century Portuguese frigate with the National Museums of Kenya-1978; a 1577 shipwreck in collaboration with the Bermuda Maritime Museum-1989; the Gallega project, a search for a Columbus vessel in association with Ships of Discovery and the Panamanian National Museum-1990 and 1992; The Nina project a caravel reconstruction with Ships of Discovery, Valenca, Brazil-1991; the Endymion site survey with Ships of Discovery and the Turks & Caicos National Museum; and lastly the Trouvadore Project in 2004 and 2006. He is also the Trouvadore project diving physician, certified by NOAA in hyperbarics. His normal practice, however, is Emergency medicine and Tactical medicine in Phoenix, Arizona.
James Hunter is a project archaeologist for the 2006 Search for Trouvadore expedition. He first joined the effort to locate Trouvadore in 2004. Hunter has participated in the survey and excavation of a variety of shipwrecks from the 16th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, and is currently a member of the archaeological staff investigating the American Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley. While employed by the U.S. Naval Historical Center’s Underwater Archaeology Branch, James helped organize archaeological investigations of submerged sites associated with the Penobscot Expedition of 1779, as well as a 2004 remote-sensing survey to locate and identify the remains of the anti-piracy and anti-slavery schooner USS Alligator (1821). James has contributed written articles and archaeological illustrations to a number of historical and archaeological journals. His archaeological illustrations have appeared in three books.
Jason Burns is a project archaeologist and remote sensing specialist for the 2006 Search for the Slave Ship Trouvadore Expedition. Jason also participated in the 2004 expedition. Jason is a maritime archaeologist for Southeastern Archaeological Research, Inc. (SEARCH) in Gainesville, Florida. Prior to SEARCH, Burns served as the first underwater archaeologist hired by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR). He created a statewide program for underwater archaeology and was promoted to the position of Deputy State Archaeologist – Underwater. Burns’ professional work has focused on submerged cultural resources management and public education, while his personal research focuses on 19th century merchant fleets and their transition from sail to steam and the expansion of world commerce by shipping nations after 1850. This research is detailed in his 2003 book, The Life and Times of a Merchant Sailor: The Archaeology and History of the Norwegian Ship Catharine.
Michael Krivor is a project archaeologist and remote sensing specialist for the 2006 Search for the Slave Ship Trouvadore Expedition. Michael is a maritime archaeologist for Southeastern Archaeological Research, Inc. (SEARCH) in Gainesville, Florida. Michael has participated in over 90 submerged cultural resource management projects, authored over 60 reports, and presented over 14 professional papers. Proficient in all aspects of maritime archaeology, Krivor specialties include 17th-18th century New World ship construction, Western River steamboat construction, Civil War wreck sites, and small vernacular craft construction. He also has years of experience in remote sensing survey, data analysis, and archaeological site layout, scale mapping, and measures sketching and photography.
An award winning photographer and veteran of more than 30 years in the visual communications business, Richard is equally at home behind a still camera, TV camera, or in the directors chair. A native of Texas, he is a founding partner in Windward Media. His production credits include World Charter & Sail for the Travel Channel, video camping guides, and music videos. Recent broadcast projects include Sailing Blind, In Search of La Salle, and the EMMY Award winning Wit, Grit, and Robot Games for HoustonPBS.
Veronica is the head writer for Windward Media and is in charge of research for all projects. As a founding partner in Windward Media, she brings with her a unique talent for telling a story, not only in words, but also taking full advantage of the visual benefits of Television. Her latest broadcast production credits include the award winning In Search of La Salle, Sailing Blind, and the Emmy winning Wit, Grit, and Robot Games produced for HoustonPBS.
As Videographer/Editor at HoustonPBS, his quest to tell stories has taken Fujio across the world from the first-world metropolis of Taipei, Taiwan to the haunting killing fields of Wounded Knee to the launching of the International Space Station at Cape Canaveral.
Fujio is a contributing member of a team of storytellers that has received countless Emmys, Katies, Gracies and other awards of note. In addition to doing “socially redeeming video”, he has worked on independent feature films and music videos.
Mitch is a 23 year resident of Grand Turk who has logged nearly 7500 dives on its 7000 foot WALL. Opening Blue Water Divers in 1983, he started with one boat and an old compressor. Seventeen years later, Blue Water Divers has grown to 3 boats, state of the art equipment, a complete retail dive shop and a full blown PADI dive training facility. Mitch is also an accomplished musician with three albums and heads up the band ‘High Tide’ in Grand Turk.
Angelie Peterson, originally from California, has a background in Marine Science and Geology. For the past three years she has been working as a dive instructor around the Caribbean. Angelie has recently finished a year working aboard the Turks & Caicos Explorer II and looks forward to some world travel after her help with the Ships of Discovery.
Jean-Francois was the captain of the T & C Explorer for the 2004 season and returns this time as a team member. Jean-Francois Chabot (JF) was raised in Gaspe, Quebec. JF has a Bachelor of Maritime Navigation and has traveled extensively in the Americas and the Caribbean as a ships officer. An accomplished underwater photographer/videographers JF has been working as a dive instructor/dive boat captain for ten years, the last 6 for Explorer Ventures. JF is the fleet manager and can be found most of the year captaining Turks and Caicos Explorer II.
Jennifer Cumming hails from Calgary, Canada. Her background is in sales and marketing with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Jennifer has worked in the diving industry for 9 years in the areas of customer relations, sales, marketing, instruction and management. She is an avid videographer with a preference for small creatures and fish. Jennifer is the Operations Manager for Explorer Ventures and can be found on one of the boats most of the year.