Aqua Quest International Inc. was incorporated in Florida on May 10, 2012 to engage in salvaging, preserving and displaying historical and archaeologically significant shipwrecks worldwide. Its predecessor company was a sole proprietorship of Capt. Robert H. Mayne, Jr., operating in the salvage business for over 30 years. Captain Mayne’s adventures started at the very early age of 13 when he and he found his first treasure; his beloved “Bell”. It took Captain Mayne 2 years to recover his bell and this early discovery has fueled his passion over the years to locate, recover and preserve sunken historical treasures in all forms.
The adventures continued and grew into businesses taking Captain Mayne throughout many Countries seeking treasures of various types. Along his path, Captain Mayne was introduced to Dr. Steve Foster whom has spent many years in Honduras doing missionary work and helping the people of Honduras. Dr. Foster shared with Captain Mayne information about an unknown treasure of sunken old growth hardwoods within the waters of Honduras. Captain Mayne then turned his treasure hunting towards recovering sunken logs.
This new salvage site was located in Central America and in a region that had become notorious for drug trafficking. Aqua Quests initial interest was to assist in humanitarian efforts to the disabled Miskito Indian Lobster Divers. After a site visit it was determined that the best opportunity to assist the Indigenous residents of the Moskito Coast was to salvage the many sunken logs in the rivers within their communities. Captain Mayne negotiated and reached an agreement with the officials of the rural town Ahuas to extract these forgotten treasures and in turn would employ local residents of the community, provide community improvements, and involve the community in a profit share.
After our initial attempt to start the project in Honduras was temporarily derailed by a few corrupt local officials, we turned our focus North of the border to Nicaragua.
Captain Mayne was greeted with open arms by the people of Nicaragua whom were excited and anxious to participate in the Captain’s logging project. Captain Mayne spent a few months going from town to town holding meetings with the local residents, explaining the project, and most importantly telling them how they will be involved through jobs and steady pay. In unprecedented time, Captain Mayne obtained the first ever exclusive agreements to locate, recover, extract, process, and ship these sunken treasure logs and struck a deal to lease with the option to purchase a sawmill located in Lamlaya. It wasn’t long before the roar of boat engines, turning saw mill blades, and local employees, began recovering and processing these sunken giants at our now purchased saw mill.