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.

Technical diver Terry Irvine, from southwestern Ontario, actually managed to get some diving done on Great Lakes shipwrecks this past summer (2020) and shot some pretty amazing photos of the J. H. Jones in Georgian Bay for an article he is currently writing for publication.

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 Wednesday, January 27, 2021, the monthly meeting of the Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago featured Ken Merryman and Becky Kagan Schott doing separate (virtual) presentations on the exciting, new topic of photogrammetry and 3-D printing of Great Lakes shipwrecks. Ken was also the keynote speaker, covering photogrammetry -- again virtually -- at the annual Forum of Save Ontario Shipwrecks on May 16, 2021.

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.

On Saturday, May 8, 2021, Cris and Joan did a Virtual Presentation called "Shipwreck Tales of Georgian Bay" as part of the Landmark Speakers Series for a major Georgian Bay environmental group. More than 265 people were in ZOOM attendance, and we were happy to have such an enthusiastic audience!

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.


Feb. 5, 2022 (Sat.) -- Long Island Divers Association -- Film Festival (virtual) 7-9 pm EST.

March 11-14, 2022 (Fri. to Mon.) -- Salon de la Plongée Paris -- Dive Show, France.

April 1-2, 2022 (Fri. - Sat.) -- Upper Midwest Scuba and Adventure Travel Show (in-person), Vadnais Heights, Minnesota.

April 1-3, 2022 (Fri. to Sun.) -- EUDI -- European Dive Show -- Bologna, Italy

April 9-10, 2022 -- The Dive Show (merged with Go Diving Now) -- Birmingham, UK

April 15-16, 2022 (Fri. & Sat.) -- Shipwrecks 2022! -- Niagara Divers Association (virtual).
See write-up under "News."

April 29 , 2022 (Fri.) -- Mysteries & Histories, Michigan Shipwreck Research Association, Holland, Michigan.

May 14-15, 2022 (Sat.-Sun.) -- Scuba Show -- Long Beach, California. Returning after a two-year hiatus due to COVID (in-person.)

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 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.