Received B.S. from The Ohio State University in geology and mineralogy. Married to Jane.
Chief Scientist and Historian for Columbus-America Discovery Group 1985 to 2000. He became the public spokesperson for the project. Self-employed consultant after 2000.
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Introduction and notes by Bob Evans, Chief Scientist and Historian of the S. S. Central America Project.
The excerpt concerns the early life and adventures of William Phips, who led an expedition to recover the treasure of the Concepcion, also known as the Silver Shoals Shipwreck. The salvage of the shipwreck led to an influx of silver to the Royal Mint. An important American medal, catalogued as Betts-67 resulted from the salvage and the celebration thereof. The reverse of the medal has a depiction of the salvage.