Beeswax Wreck Project Team

The Beeswax Wreck Project is a non-profit research project: we do not sell “shares” in the project or seek investors (although tax-deductible donations are always welcome!). We are a group of researchers and local community members dedicated to locating and identifying the wreck. The wreck is located on Oregon State Parks property, and all associated artifacts and pieces of wreckage are the property of the state of Oregon and may not (and will not) be collected without the proper permits from those state agencies. The Beeswax Wreck Project is not affiliated with Oregon State Parks or the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, but in compliance with state law and Parks policy both agencies are consulted and regularly updated on our research. For more information, contact

Project Research Staff

scottwilliams Scott S. Williams, M.A., is the project’s Principal Investigator and MAS Board Member. Scott is an archaeologist with the Washington State Department of Transportation in Olympia, WA. He will be overseeing the project from the permitting process, through each stage of the project. Please feel free to contact Scott at 360-485-5350 or
rickrogers Richard W. Rogers is the Project Manager and MAS Board Member.  He has been the one coordinating the efforts of the variety of specialists involved in the project. You can contact him at 808-222-6824 or
chris Christopher Dewey, MAS President and Field Director. Chris has an M.A. in maritime archaeology from the University of West Florida.
Jeff_Groth Jeff Groth, MAS Vice President. Jeff is a Cartographer with Washington County Oregon, specializing in geographic information systems, which allows us to overlay layers and remote sensor results on maps for analysis.
  Robert Jimenez has a strong background in maritime archaeology and scuba diving.
edvdp Ed Von der Porten has been involved in a number of early Spanish shipwreck projects along the west coast. He has led the study of the porcelain and other Asian artifacts that come to light.
Eb Giesecke
  was the historian most focused on the Beeswax wreck at Nehalem Oregon.He was involved with investigating the site since the mid 1950s, and it is much of his research that is driving this project.

Support Staff and Project Team Members

David Chaffee is a founding member of both Scientific Consultant Services Inc., and the Naga Research Group and is the non-profit’s Liaison with the Beeswax Shipwreck Project.
Carol Chaffee is a practicing attorney and provides legal and archival research for the project.
mitch Mitch Marken is a maritime archaeologist whose dissertation was on Spanish pottery from shipwrecks.
dave wellman Dave Wellman of D. Wellman Surveying out of Eugene, Oregon has contributed his services in aerial photography, 3D laser scanning, survey grade GPS and other survey techniques.
Jack_dropping_underwater_camera Jack W. Peters is an author, adventurer, GPS specialist, photographer and
SCUBA diver, Jack has been involved in the project since 2005.He is a resident of Springfield, Oregon.
GRAIG Craig Andes. A Garabaldi fisherman, Craig has been collecting information of the “Beeswax Wreck” for years, and brings his maritime skills to the project.
Jess2 Jessica Lally did her Master’s Thesis on ceramics associated with the wreck as a graduate student at Central Washington University

You can get involved as well!

The Beeswax Wreck Project Group is made up entirely of volunteers: archaeologists, historians, geologists, divers, curators, students, and community members. If you would like to be involved in the project, please contact Scott Williams at and let him know.