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Dave Crooks

Dave was Vice President of Treasure Salvors, Mel Fisher’s treasure hunting company that ultimately recovered over $400 million from a sunken Spanish galleon in the 1970s and 80s.  The ship, the “Nuestra Senora de Atocha,” sank in a hurricane in 1622 thirty miles off Key West, and was salvaged under 40 feet of water and 20 feet of sand.

His experience with Treasure Salvors got him interested in other sunken treasures, and he has amassed a collection of 2000 non-fiction books on the topic, documented on his website  He is also a collector of ancient shipwreck coins and is currently president of the Sunken Treasure Coin and Book Society (affiliated with the Florida United Numismatists).

Dave recently retired from Portland-based Easy Pay Solutions, a credit card processing company he started 25 years ago.  Prior to that he worked for Visa.

He attended the University of Miami, and then the College of William & Mary in Virginia for law school and an MBA.

Dave and his wife, Foong, are snowbirds, spending half the year in Maine and half the year in West Palm Beach.

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