Sunday, January 15, 2006


20th Annual Shipwrecks Conference in Victoria, BC


Dive News
January 12, 2006

As most of Earth is covered by water, it would only seem natural that much of its history might also be found under the surface of its lakes, rivers and oceans. With the advent of SCUBA diving, professional and amateur archaeologists have made many discoveries over the past 50 years. Shipwrecks is an opportunity for divers and history buffs to learn first hand about their research and discoveries...

The theme of this year’s conference in Victoria is Pacific Rim Exploration and Shipwrecks. Speakers from Canada and the United States will present on several topics including:

Japanese Shipwrecks of the BC Coast: Facts and Myths; Nehalem Bay Bees Wax Galleon Wreck; Revolutionizing Ocean Science: the Neptune Project; Fleet Diving Unit in Wake of Hurricane Katrina; Exploring Sternwheeler Wrecks on the Yukon River and other topics.

Location: Maritime Museum of British Columbia28 Bastion Square, Victoria
Date: Saturday, March 25, 2006
Time: 9am - 4pmCost: $25

Following the day session, Dr. Annalies Corbin, Executive Director of the PAST Foundation, Columbus, Ohio, will be Woodward Lecture evening speaker. Her topic is Pioneer Paddlewheelers on the Columbia River. The PAST Foundation, formed in 2000, is a non-profit educational foundation whose mission is to promote a better understanding of history and culture by teaming professional anthropologists and historians with the public.

Dinner location: Princess Mary Restaurant
Time: 6 pm
Cost: $30

For more information and tickets please contact John Middleton (250) 743-4495 or Brian Fardoe (250) 383-1271 or

Since 1975, the Underwater Archaeological Society of BC has been researching, locating surveying and advocating for the protection of British Columbia’s submerged heritage. The society has over 150 members in chapters located in Victoria, Vancouver, Vernon and Nelson.


Media contact: David Hill-Turner, Communications Director. (250) 753-1821 (days) or


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