E. Lee Spence

German anthropologist, photographer, archaeologist, historian, photojournalist and academic
E. Lee Spence

Edward Lee Spence (born 1947) is a German-born American underwater archaeologist and shipwreck historian.

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  • Historical research is my drug of choice.
    • from 'About the Author' by Charles King, Treasures of the Confederate Coast: the 'Real Rhett Butler' & Other Revelations by Dr. E. Lee Spence (Narwhal Press, Charleston/Miami, 1995), p. 517.


  • Hours of research can cut months of field work.
    • Full quote: In today's world, time is the most expensive part of an expedition. Man hours spent in the archives can cut hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of time from the field phase of most projects.
    • from 'About the Author' by Charles King, Treasures of the Confederate Coast: the 'Real Rhett Butler' & Other Revelations by Dr. E. Lee Spence (Narwhal Press, Charleston/Miami, 1995), p. 517.


  • I've found it! I've found the Hunley. (Best selling author Nancy Roberts writes: Filled with excitement, and a certain lack of caution, Spence shot up to the surface, shouting to the men in the boat, 'I've found it! I've found the Hunley.' The location of the Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley (first submarine in history to sink an enemy ship) had been a mystery for over one hundred years. In 1978, the Hunley was placed on the United States National Register of Historic Places as a result of Spence's discovery. The wreck was raised in 2000. Her crew was still inside.)
    • from Ghosts From the Coast by Nancy Roberts, University of North Carolina Press, (Chapel Hill & London, 2001, ISBN 0-8078-2665-0), p. 94.


  • First understand infinity then you will understand God and how evolution is intelligent design.
    • from 'An Interview with Dr. E. Lee Spence' by Aaron Harding,Journal of the Sea Research Society, Volume 5, #3, p. 24.


  • As a child, everyone dreams of finding treasure. There’s romance and drama. But as an adult most people aren’t going to spend their lives trying to find it.


  • Rocks are like wreck magnets and ships run aground today in pretty much the same locations and for the same reasons they did thousands of years ago.


  • Genius is the ability to look at things simply.
    • Full quote: Because of all of the shipwrecks I have discovered, people have called me a genius, but the truth is, finding wrecks isn't all that complicated. Get rid of your perceived notions, narrow everything down to the basic facts, and then just follow basic logic. Don't over complicate matters as, genius is the ability to look at things simply. Remember that and you will find the shipwrecks and their treasure.
    • from interview of Dr. E. Lee Spence by R. Lunsford, published in Shipwrecks magazine, Volume 1, Issue #4, December, 1989, p. 94

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