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While the COVID-19 pandemic wreaks havoc in all areas of life, including every aspect of our exploration, study, and appreciation of the underwater world, there is some positive news that can be reported:

We are excited to announce that our book, The Christmas Tree Ship, has been released as an audio book just in time for Christmas, 2020! It is available on Audible Books, Amazon, and iTunes. It is a first-rate, professional production narrated by Broadway actor Charles Huddleston.

The year 2020 is the 40th anniversary of the founding of Divers Alert Network (DAN), and Joan wrote the cover story about DAN's history for the Journal of Diving History, issue #105, which came out in the Fall of 2020.

On Saturday evening, January 30, 2021, Joan and Cris presented at the annual Long Island Divers Association (LIDA) Film Festival -- in Virtual mode, presenting from their home instead of from the usual venue, Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. This show was very well-organized by Mike Salvarezza and Chris Weaver, who were also presenters. Other presenters were Paul Cater Deaton, Maureen and Steve Langevin, Julie Ouimet and Michel Labrecque, Christopher LaPorta, and Peter Venoutsos.  All the women presenters are members of the Women Divers Hall of Fame -- and they presented with their spouses.

On March 2, 2021, Cris did a one-hour Virtual Presentation titled "Kingston and Thousand Islands Shipwrecks" for the Brockville (Ontario) Museum as part of their annual speaker series.

The Niagara Divers Association held their 28th Annual "Shipwrecks!" Show on Friday and Saturday, April 15th and 16th, 2022 via ZOOM -- and it was a huge success! Opening the show on Friday evening from 7 to 9:30 PM were presenters Cal Kothrade ("Frozen in Time: Finding and Identifying the W. C. Kimball"), Chris Foisey ("Inspiring a New General of Divers") and Jill Heinerth ("Canada's Longest Underwater Cave"), with Ric Mixter emceeing. On Saturday afternoon from 2 to 4 PM, Jim and Pat Stayer presented "The Historic Sunken WWII Planes of Northern Papua-New Guinea," Kayla Martin took the audience on "Ontario Scuba Adventures," and Roger Roth transported us to "Eight World-Famous Shipwrecks of the Sinai Peninsula," with Cris Kohl and Joan Forsberg emceeing those presentations. The "Shipwrecks!" Show's Main Event took place on Saturday evening from 7 to 9:30 PM with Cris Kohl and Joan Forsberg doing "Shipwrecks Off Whitefish Point" and Ric Mixter offering "Bottled Goodbyes." Jill Heinerth emceed this evening's programs. Something new: several workshops were also offered on Saturday morning, again via ZOOM, by Jim and Pat Stayer, Roger Roth, and Jill Heinerth. FOR NEXT YEAR: "Shipwrecks! 2023" is being planned as a return to a live, in-person, full-auditorium show. SEE YOU THERE!

Cris Kohl and Joan Forsberg will be doing their newest program called "Shipwreck Tales of Georgian Bay" via ZOOM to a library in Michigan on August 29, 2022, and they are making a cautious return to live, in-person presentations to a group of 70-80 people in Windsor, ON on Friday, September 16, 2022, and to a history-minded assembly in Essex County just outside Windsor on Thursday, September 22, 2022.

Stay tuned for more news on this regularly-changing page!
If you would like to report some positive news about all things underwater marine and maritime, such as new research/writing or recent shipwreck discoveries, please contact us (Cris and Joan) at

Cris wrote the cover story for The Journal of Diving History, Second Quarter, 2021, Vol. 29, no. 107,which became available in late March 2021, on the topic of "Hardhat Heroes of the Eastland Disaster," These 5,300 words and 18 images cover a largely neglected aspect of the Great Lakes' worst maritime disaster in which more than 800 people perished in 1915.

Please double-check with these events organizers before booking your flight or accommodations, as events have been known to be postponed or cancelled with very short notice due to COVID-19.


September 22-25, 2022 (Thurs. to Sun.) -- InterDive -- Friedrichshaven, Germany

October 1-2, 2022 (Sat.-Sun.) -- Boston Sea Rovers Annual Conference and Expo 2022 -- Danvers, Massachusetts

October 1-2, 2022 (Sat.-Sun.) -- OZTek2022, Melbourne, Australia.

October 5, 2022 -- Buffalo Harbor Museum Annual Dinner. Guest speaker Jim Kennard, who has been searching for and finding shipwrecks for five decades, will talk about Lake Ontario shipwrecks. Call (716) 849-0914 for all details. Buffalo Harbor Museum, 66 Erie Street, Buffalo, NY.

October 7 - 9, 2022 (Fri. to Sun.) -- Diving Talks 2022 -- Portugal.

October 28-29, 2022 (Fri. - Sat.) -- Divescapes 2022, Alberta Underwater Council, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

November 1-4, 2022 (Tues. to Fri.) -- DEMA (Diving Equipment and Marketing Association) -- Orlando, Florida.

November 16-20, 2022 (Wed. to Sun.) -- InterDive 2022 -- Leipzig, Germany

November 19 (Sat.), 2022 -- "Shipwrecks and Scuba" Show, Huron, Ohio.


September 30-October 1, 2023 (Fri.-Sat.) Boston Sea Rovers Annual Conference and Expo 2023 -- Danvers, Massachusetts

November 14-17, 2023 (Tues. to Fri.) -- DEMA (Diving Equipment and Marketing Association) -- New Orleans, Louisiana.



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