Wednesday, March 02, 2005


Symposium Adds 'Paddlewheelers of Kingston'


Palladium Times
February 28, 2005

OSWEGO - Shipwreck explorer Vlada Dekina will present "Paddlewheelers of Kingston" at Great Lakes Underwater 2005, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday in Lanigan Hall on the SUNY Oswego campus. Sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m.

Born in the city of Khabarovsk in the far east of Russia, Dekina has called Toronto home for the last 10 years. Living within hours from all of the Great Lakes, Dekina is an active wreck diver and underwater photographer with a keen interest in the maritime past of the Great Lakes region and the histories of the shipwrecks she visits.

When not diving in the Great Lakes, Dekina photographs the wrecks and reefs of Truk Lagoon, the Red Sea, Florida, the Caribbean and the caves of the Yucatan. Dekina's website is

Great Lakes Underwater brings to Central New York many of the foremost researchers and adventurers in Great Lakes shipwreck diving and exploration. The annual shipwreck and diving symposium is hosted by the Oswego Maritime Foundation (OMF) and New York Sea Grant. Sponsors and supporter include Aquatic World, National Aquatic Service, and Delta Divers.

Other presentations include the recent discovery of the wrecks of the Etta Belle and a US Coast Guard vessel in Lake Ontario by Jim Kennard and Dan Scoville of StealthDive in Rochester; Lake Huron Shipwrecks by underwater photographer Tom Wilson; Shipwreck Preserves of Lake Superior and Lake Michigan by John Karl of Wisconsin Sea Grant; Lake Erie Shipwrecks by Dave Kelch of Ohio Sea Grant; and update on the Pennsylvania Underwater Preserve Project by Anne Danielski of Pennsylvania Sea Grant; Diving The Seaway Trail by Dave White of New York Sea Grant; and the Lake Ontario Dive Site Steward Project by Phil Church, Oswego Maritime Foundation.

Pre-registration is required before Tuesday. Registration is $20 ($15 student) and includes presentations, buffet lunch and refreshments. To register, contact Sea Grant at 315-312-3042 or Make checks payable to Cornell University and mail to New York Sea Grant, SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY 13126.
MasterCard and VISA credit cards are also accepted.

For directions and more information, contact Sea Grant, or see the Great Lakes Underwater! 2005 web site at


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