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is a British deep sea diver
Surface supplied diving refers to divers using equipment supplied with breathing gas using a diver's umbilical from the surface, either from the shore or from a diving support vessel sometimes indirectly via a diving bell...
, and marine archaeologist
Maritime archaeology is a discipline within archaeology as a whole that specifically studies human interaction with the sea, lakes and rivers through the study of associated physical remains, be they vessels, shore side facilities, port-related structures, cargoes, human remains and submerged...
who has taken part in a number of important expeditions such as the 1999 discovery of the remains of the RMS Carpathia
RMS Carpathia was a Cunard Line transatlantic passenger steamship built by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson. Carpathia made her maiden voyage in 1903 and became famous for rescuing the survivors of after the latter ship hit an iceberg and sank on 15 April 1912...
off the coast of Ireland. Jessop subsequently purchased the Carpathia, so as to control access and protect it from private scavengers.
Along with his father, Keith "Goldfinder" Jessop
Keith Jessop was a British salvage diver and successful marine treasure hunter.-Early life:Born in Keighley as the son of a penniless Yorkshire mill-worker, he left school without a single qualification, but to make ends meet he started salvaging scrap metal from shallow water wrecks off the coast...
, he recovered the approximately $85,000,000 of gold bullion from the HMS Edinburgh
HMS Edinburgh was a Town-class light cruiser of the British Royal Navy, which served during World War II. She was one of the last two "Town"-class, which formed the Edinburgh sub-class...
He was born in Yorkshire
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In 2000, RMS Titanic Inc. named Jessop as the recovery manager of the wreck of the Titanic