All ShipWrecks Lee Spence 
Member since Mar 14, 2012


I found my first shipwrecks at age 12 and grew up to become one of the pioneers of underwater archaeology. I have found pirate ships and Spanish galleons, and have made numerous important discoveries. I was the original discoverer of the Civil War submarine "H.L. Hunley" (first submarine in the history of the world to sink an enemy ship). In 1995, I donated my rights to it to the State at the official request of Senator Glenn F. McConnell, Chairman of the S.C. Hunley Commission. Another of my discoveries was in the field of literature. I was the person who researched and revealed that Margaret Mitchell had based Rhett Butler in "Gone With The Wind" on the life of George Alfred Trenholm. Mitchell had claimed that her story was pure fiction. The editors of "Life" magazine called my evidence overwhelming.

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