Columbia River Shipwreck Conference 2020

The Maritime Archaeological Society and the Columbia River Maritime Museum are pleased to announce the 2020 Columbia River Shipwreck Conference. The event will be held at the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, Oregon on February 08, 2020.

The event will include presentations and project updates on shipwrecks in the Pacific Northwest and around the world. View the Conference Agenda here.

Note: The agenda is still being finalized. The keynote speaker, however, will not change.

About the Keynote Address

The deep ocean, beyond the range of diving, has emerged as the final frontier of ocean exploration and by extension, maritime archaeology.

The premise and promise of shipwrecks in the deep, dramatically demonstrated by the 1985 discovery and subsequent exploration of Titanic, has accelerated with consistent, and more rapidly occurring discoveries of deep wrecks. At the same time, maritime archaeology, along with other aspects of deep sea exploration and science, has entered a new phase with better connectivity “as it happens” and with a public audience thanks to telepresence that links a project or a single dive to an internet-connected audience.

James Delgado has been actively working in the final frontier, both in manned submersibles and remotely operated vehicles for decades, including two missions to Titanic, and a range of other projects that included the first telepresence-enabled deep water archaeological excavation of a shipwreck in the Gulf of Mexico.

In this wide-ranging presentation, he will take us on a journey to a number of sites to address telepresence and the potential of shipwreck archaeology in the final frontier. Among those wrecks are SS Ituna, lost off California en route to Oregon, and the freighter Coast Trader, lost to Japanese submarine attack in the Straits of Juan de Fuca, both wrecks he investigated with Dr. Robert Ballard’s Ocean Exploration Trust on the E/V Nautilus.

James Delgado

Where is the event?

Columbia River Maritime Museum
1792 Marine Drive
Astoria, OR
(503) 325-2323

Places to stay:

Group rates for conference attendees have been reserved at the Holiday Inn Express in Astoria, February 7 – 9, 2020. Please contact the hotel directly at 888-898-6222, mention you are attending the Shipwreck Conference.

Seats are limited so get your ticket now!

Please note that prices will go up as seats sell out. The best way to get ahead is to reserve your spot by purchasing a ticket. Tickets purchased at the door (in the event there is space) will cost $45 for non-maritime archaeology society members and $30 for MAS/CRMM members.

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