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.
April 8-10 ( Sat.), 2021 -- Upper Midwest Scuba And Adventure Travel Show, normally held in Vadnais Heights, MN (Minneapolis area). Presented by The Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society. The Show will be Virtual in 2021 over three days:
Thurs., April 8, 2021, 7 PM: Welcome and Doug Klein's "Local Minnesota Diving"
Fri., April 9, 2021, 7 PM: Welcome and Ric Mixter's "Tuskegee Airmen Searches"
Sat., April 10, 2021, 1 PM: Welcome and Frederick Stonehouse's "The Most Baffling Shipwrecks in the Great Lakes" and at 3 PM: Becky Kagan Schott (topic TBA)
General Admission: $15.00 for all three Virtual sessions.
April 9-10, 2021 -- The popular "Shipwrecks!" Show, held annually now for 25 years at Welland, Ontario, and organized by the Niagara Divers Association, are holding a Virtual Shipwrecks Show over TWO DAYS, namely Friday, April 9, 2021, at 7 PM, and Saturday, April 10, 2021, at 1 PM and at 7 PM. This virtual event is free, but registration is required. Donations are accepted at time of registration. Jill Heinerth will do presentations on "Rebreather Safety" and "Journeys in Cave and Polar Diving;" Dave Trotter, "Lake Huron's Keystone State;" plus presentations by Dave Gilchrist, Walter Lewis, Helen Cooper, Matt Mandziuk, Ian Kerr-Wilson, Kayla Martin, Ian Marshall, and the Niagara Divers Association, with Tom Wilson as emcee. Info and registration at
Carry-over tickets from the cancelled 2020 Show will still be honored when the next in-person show returns to an auditorium.
May 22-23 (Sat. & Sun.), 2021 -- Long Beach Scuba Show, Long Beach, CA. Cancelled due to the coronavirus
June 11-13, 2021 -- ADEX Ocean Vision, Singapore
September 3-5, 2021 -- Go Diving Show, Ricoh Arena, Coventry, United Kingdom
September 11-12 (Sat. & Sun.), 2021 -- OZTek Advanced Diving Conference & OZDive Expo 2021 -- BOTH SHOWS United! -- Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia
September 23-26, 2021 -- Interdive, Friedrichshaven, Germany
October 2-3 (Sat. & Sun.), 2021 -- Boston Sea Rovers Annual Clinic, Danvers, MA, at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Boston North Shore. Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, 8:45 AM to 5 PM: Exhibit Hall and Daytime Programs. Saturday Evening Film Festival, 8 to 10:30 PM. Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, 9:15 AM to 4:30 PM: Exhibit Halls and Daytime Programs.
October 30-31, 2021 -- The Diver Show, NEC, Birmingham, United Kingdom
November 13 (Sat.), 2021 -- "Shipwrecks and Scuba" Show, Sandusky, OH
November 16-19 (Tues. to Fri.), 2021 -- DEMA, Las Vegas Convention Center, NV