Explorers Philippe & Ashlan Cousteau Seek Out Lost Treasures in Travel Channel’s New Series “Caribbean Pirate Treasure.”

Grandson of legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau, and his journalist wife, Ashlan, are gearing up for adventure in the Caribbean as they investigate stories of lost loot and pirates plunder in some of the clearest seas in the world.

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Ashlan and Philippe Cousteau, hosts of Travel Channel’s “Caribbean Pirate Treasure” (PRNewsfoto/Travel Channel)

Along with exotic marine life, the crystal blue waters of gorgeous destinations like Antigua, Dominican Republic and Belize hold countless tales of shipwrecks, pirates and valuable booty. In each episode of “Caribbean Pirate Treasure,” spirited explorers Philippe and Ashlan harness their 30-year expertise to dive into a different deep-sea mystery. Meeting with passionate locals and treasure-hunting experts, the couple follows clues on land and sea in search of legendary hidden loot.

In the premiere episode, Philippe and Ashlan head to Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas – the biggest port of call for cruise ships in the U.S. Virgin Islands, with a storied history of pirates dating back to the 17th century. The goal is to explore the story behind ruthless French pirate Jean Hamlin, his missing flagship, La Trompeuse, and the treasure that may still be with it.

Travel Channels new series “Caribbean Pirate Treasure,” is set to premier on Sunday, August 20 at 10:00pm and 10:30pm ET/PT.

How did electric communication start?

The history of technological communication dates way back to the late 1800’s when a master plan was set in place that allowed people to communicate vast distances easily. This was an incredibly difficult task and most people did not comprehend the technology at the time. In the end of the century a young man with a dream, an idea that combined years of wondering and playing came to fruition. This wasn’t just a normal idea, this was going to become one of the greatest scientific innovations in history. No, we aren’t talking about Tesla or even Edison- we are talking about someone far greater than that. The history of this man and his technology is deep with turmoil, betrayal, jealousy, and mischievous intentions. One thing that the scientist never developed was a method for evaporation, thermal evaporation – what is it?

Having the idea to electromagnetically transport waves across the air was to this point really quite new- some scientists and other academics had proposed a working model on a small scale but nothing to the extend to which this young scientist had developed. This technology could be used across vast field- it was unheard of to be able to communicate between two points that you cannot see across. The sort of technology that would allow people to communicate across vast distances both land and sea. Marconi was this man. He had a scientific method for developing electromagnetic communication technology that allowed for the development of the telegraph, then phones, television, and eventually the onslaught of technological development we see and experience to this day. The Marconi signal today resides the single most dramatically significant element of telecommunication up to this point, the best thermal evaporation techniques used up to this point wasn’t specified in this research.

The story of the emergence of the Marconi signal is portrayed in a number of places on the Internet. One of the most interesting accounts of this is the book Thunderstruck by Erik Larson. This is a great resource for those interested in learning more about this time of the world and how the technology came to be known in the public sphere. One of the more interesting points covered in this book is how the academic community dramatically affected the ability of Marconi to develop his technology. He was threatened with a law suit, had attempted tampering, had public demonstrations that were interrupted and tried to be sabotaged. Over all this was not an easy time to be Marconi.

Trains, Planes And Technology

Nowadays, technology is everywhere.  Remember those days where all you played with were model trains and planes and you pretended that they could actually fly and wheel around?  Now, you see children playing on their iPhones and iPads.  New ways of inventing technology has grown to be the number one goal of our society.  Students now all want to take engineering when they go off to college instead of medicine and law.  Engineering is dominating in the highest employment rate of any university program because there is a demand for developers and programmers.


Everyone is searching for the new product or trying to invent an app or some new type of technology.  It’s important we understand where we’re headed.  We headed to the future to try to make things easier for everyone.  We want to be as efficient as possible and create a better standard of living for everyone.  Eventually that will happen, but in the meantime, I still hope to see some kids play with toy trains and planes.