We are Robert Kurson (author), John Chatterton and John Mattera (ship wreck divers). AUA about finding the PIRATE ship of legendary pirate Joseph Bannister!
My name is Robert Kurson. I’m the author of a few books, most notably “Shadow Divers”, the true story of two wreck divers who found and risked everything to explore a real German U-boat sunk 60 miles off the coast of New Jersey. It’s hopefully on track to be a movie soon as well.
I’m privileged to be here with John Chatterton, one of the most famous wreck divers in the world (who in addition to diving that submarine also co-hosted History Channel’s Deep Sea Detectives, journeyed to the Titanic, and dove many other wrecks), and John Mattera, who most recently partnered with Chatterton to discover the pirate ship of infamous English-merchant-turned-pirate, Joseph Bannister.
Both are the subjects of my book, “Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship”. Finding and positively identifying a Golden Age pirate ship is one of the rarest things a person can discover in the world (in fact, there had only been 1 prior), and both guys risked a huge amount go after this ship. They lived far away from their families for months in The Dominican Republic, fended off local bandits, battled claim jumpers, raced governments, dug deep into archives and libraries around the world - all to find not just a pirate ship, but the incredible pirate captain who sailed her.
The story is one of the most captivating tales I’ve ever worked on, and I hope you’ll check it out.
So feel free to ask us anything! You’ve got the whole crew and we’d love to dive into your questions.
BONUS: Also if you email this address: [email protected]. I’ll give you an extended interview I did with John last year.