Sam Warwick first learned to dive with the British Sub-Aqua Club in his home country of England in the early 1990s and is a certified diving instructor and technical diver. Sam has logged over 1,000 dives around the world and is passionate about exploring and researching shipwrecks. He has dived many of the wrecks in 'Shipwrecks of the Cunard Line' personally. Sam has always had a personal interest in Cunard history due to family connections with the line, since both his father and grandfather were Cunard Line Commodores. His grandfather was first master of QE2, and his father was a master of QE2 and first master of QM2.
Since the publication of 'Shipwrecks of the Cunard Line' in 2012, Sam has collaborated again with Mike Roussel on 'The Union-Castle Line - Sailing Like Clockwork' (2015) and 'Shipwrecks of the P&O Line' (2017).
Mike Roussel has always had a deep interest in history and historical studies, influenced by an inspirational history teacher who challenged him to engage in his own historical investigations. This experience led him later as a teacher to aim to develop challenging historical projects with his classes, including the development of oral history, investigating local history projects, which brought history to life for the pupils.
Mike Roussel has further developed his research studies interest into local history, and also the historical development of transport on land, sea and air.
After moving to the Southampton area in the 1990s he had the opportunity to research the maritime history of city and this resulted in The Story of Southampton Docks. Such was his interest that he continued his research to write a second book, Southampton-Maritime City: From Ocean Liners to Cruise Ships, which charts the development of the ocean liner from the 19th century to the cruise ships of today.