About Michael Barnette
An accomplished diver, author, and photographer, Michael Barnette has been actively researching and exploring shipwrecks for almost 25 years, resulting in the identification of more than 40 shipwrecks. In 1996, he founded the Association of Underwater Explorers, a coalition of divers dedicated to the research, exploration, documentation, and preservation of submerged cultural resources. He has dived on numerous historic shipwrecks, including the ironclad U.S.S. Monitor, the liner Andrea Doria, the Great White Fleet battleship U.S.S. Virginia, and the H.M.H.S. Britannic, sister ship of the fabled R.M.S. Titanic. In 2009, Barnette was elected as a fellow to the Explorers Club. Barnette has published three books on Florida shipwreck and maritime history, the most recent being the definitive Encyclopedia of Florida Shipwrecks, Volume I: Atlantic Coast. Michael Barnette is employed as a marine biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and lives with his wife in St. Petersburg, Florida.