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Happy 63rd Birthday to Vice President and director Guy Zajonc! From visiting the RMS Titanic to the investigating Amelia Earhart’s final flight and so much more, it’s been an amazing career for this Endurance team member.
Guy Zajonc (last name rhymes with Science) is the former President and CEO of Five by Five Media, Inc. He has also served Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc., as Senior Manager and General Counsel from 2003 to 2006, and helped manage marine operations, build and staff the research department, that was responsible for locating of, e.g., Admiral John Balchen’s sunken flagship HMS VICTORY and British steam merchant S.S GAIRSOPPA. A graduate of Gonzaga University Law School and a member of the Washington State Bar since 1978 (retired 2010), He’s also participated in a number of deep and shallow water projects since 1995, including:
Japanese Submarine I-52. The I-52 was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean in 1944 with 64,000 troy ounces of gold onboard. At 17,200 feet, the I-52 is the deepest shipwreck ever discovered and visited by humans. Guy Zajonc was project manager and shareholder, and participated in the manned investigation of the wreck site. The project used the Russian Academy of Science’s deep submersible program to film and photograph the site in 1998 for National Geographic TV and magazine.
RMS TITANIC. Guy Zajonc dove to the RMS TITANIC in September 2000 as part of a mission conducted by Deep Ocean Expedition where he served as General Counsel and Project Manager.
Amelia’s Earhart’s Final Flight. As a principal in Howland Landing, LLC and co-coordinator of the project, Guy Zajonc helped organize the first ever deep-water search for the lost airplane of Amelia Earhart off Howland Island in the Central Pacific. The mission mapped over 600 square miles in waters up to 18,000 feet deep.
Battleship BISMARCK. For Deep Ocean Expeditions, Guy Zajonc helped organize the first manned dives on the Battleship BISMARCK in 2001 and was part of the resulting expedition.
The Atlantic Target. In 2001, Guy Zajonc was part owner and a team member on the 16,000 foot discovery dive to the unidentified ship known as the Atlantic Target. Over 1,500 gold and silver coins and 65 artifacts were recovered from the deepest historic shipwreck ever excavated, a small merchant vessel that sank south of Bermuda some two hundred years ago.
S.S. REPUBLIC. In August 2003 Guy Zajonc joined Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc.’s senior management team as General Counsel and was initially responsible for onshore support of Marine Operations. In November of 2003 gold was discovered on the wreck of the S.S. REPUBLIC in 1,600 feet of water. Over 51,000 gold and silver coins and 13,000 artifacts have been recovered with an estimated value of $75 million USD.
Washington Coast Dives. In 2006, Guy Zajonc undertook manned submersible dives and 3-D filming off the coast of Washington State in partnership with Lightspeed Design Group of Seattle, using Nuytco Research, Ltd. submersibles that resulted in the 3-D, high definition documentary film Dive! Manned Submersibles and the New Explorers.
In addition to his work with technical experts, Guy Zajonc has also worked with cinematographers from around the world during expeditions, including Emmy Award winner Mark Stouffer with National Geographic and IMAX film director and producer Stephen Low. He also met and drafted the ship charter agreements for James Cameron on his trips to RMS TITANIC for the IMAX movie “Ghosts of the Abyss”, and the BISMARCK for the high-definition television production “Jim Cameron’s Expedition Bismarck” for Discovery Channel.
On June 8, 2015, Endurance Exploration Group, Inc. entered into a Material License Agreement with NBC News, a division of NBCUniversal Media, LLC granting NBCUniversal an exclusive license for all NBC News entities and affiliates for five days from initial broadcast for use of video imaging material from activity on board and under the water captured by Endurance during its Connaught recovery mission.
For more information, please see our SEC filing at the following link: http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1392902/000151116415000313/0001511164-15-000313-index.htm
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CLEARWATER, Fla., Nov. 5, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Endurance Exploration Group, Inc. (OTCQB:EXPL) (“Endurance” or the “Company”), a company specializing in shipwreck research, survey and recovery, announced the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division (the “Court”) issued a warrant for the arrest of the shipwreck Connaught and has taken jurisdiction over the wreck. The U.S. Marshal’s arrested the hull fragments collected by Endurance. Subsequent to the arrest, Endurance was appointed, by the Court, as Substitute Custodian of the recovered hull fragment artifacts and any future artifacts recovered from the Connaught.
Endurance CEO, Micah Eldred, said, “This completes our first legal steps to establish our Company as salvor-in-possession of the wreck and, depending on the nature and extent of any claims, will eventually allow us a substantial salvage claim or full title to the ship and its cargo including the gold coins we believe are still on board.” Mr. Eldred went on to say, “We now move Endurance forward to fund and plan the recovery of the Connaught in the spring or summer of 2015, but we also intend to begin our search for our next target Black Marlin, as soon as possible.”
About the S.S. Connaught:
Built in Ireland and launched in 1860, the 380-foot iron-hulled side-wheel steamer S.S. Connaught was lauded as one of the largest and most luxurious ocean-going liners in service, a true Titanic of her time. Upon sinking on only her second voyage, the S.S. Connaught became best known for her role in what has been called one of the most courageous, daring and successful rescues in maritime history. All 591 of the ships passengers were saved by the heroic effort of a tiny fruit transport ship, the Minni Schiffer and her Captain, John Wilson. The Connaught sank on her way from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Boston, Massachusetts with a shipment of £10,000 of gold coins, possibly intended for the use by a visiting member of the British royal family, as well as the valuables of many of the passengers.
About the shipwreck code-named Black Marlin:
The Black Marlin is an 18th century merchant ship carried 4 separate silver shipments including bullion and coins. Based upon archival research, Endurance estimates the Black Marlin coin count at 400,000 to 500,000. The Company has secured the legal right to locate the ship and recover her cargo while retaining 70% of its value.
About Endurance Exploration Group, Inc.:
Endurance Exploration Group, Inc. specializes in shipwreck research, subsea search, survey and recovery of lost ship containing valuable cargoes. Over the last 5 years, Endurance has developed a research database of over 1,400 ships that are known to be lost, in the various oceans of the world, with valuable cargoes. Endurance operates the research vessel Haganes, side-scan sonar, Shackelton-1 and an ROV, Squirt.
Cautionary Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements.
This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. In addition to statements which explicitly describe such risks and uncertainties, readers are urged to consider statements labeled with the terms “believes,” “belief,” “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “will,” or “plans” to be uncertain and forward looking. The forward-looking statements contained herein are also subject generally to other risks and uncertainties including but not limited to legal and operational risks of offshore, historic shipwreck recovery.
Forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made under the Safe Harbor Provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the anticipated. The information contained in this release is as of November 5, 2014. Endurance Exploration Group, Inc. assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements contained in this press release as the result of new information or future events or developments.
Guy M. Zajonc, J.D.
Director & VP of Business Development