In a manner, guaranteed to irritate Haitian authorities, Charles D. Beeker, claiming to be from the University of Indiana has parachuted into Haiti with a goal to identify and salvage Captain Henry Morgan;s flagship, the Oxford, in waters surrounding the Isle a’Vache.
As is so often the case, foreigners believe that Haiti has not structure…and therefore no prior contacts or approvals are required before messing with the nation’s historical artifacts. Beeker was/is so naïve as to believe that a local mayor can give him authorization and approval for historic salvage dives.
After the unfortunate experiences with Subsea Research, a group that operated near Isle a’Vache and Jacmel, before attempting to steal and smuggle artifacts out of the country….Haitians are very wary.
One official project supported the Caribbean Marine Institute which had a four year contract, covering Haiti’s territorial waters, did not manage to take advantage of the authorization. It was unable to obtain insurance cover on boats and equipment since the government, at the time, was not legitimate as far as the underwriters were concerned.
Haitians beware – Charlie Beeker is out there at Isle a Vache looking for our treasure..