Thank you for attending the 2023 Columbia River Shipwreck Conference

The 2023 Columbia River Shipwreck conference returned in-person at the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria from 12-5 pm on Saturday, February 4, 2023. We filled the room and look forward to doing it again in 2024! See the schedule from the 2023 conference below.


12:30 pm     Welcome, Intro to MAS – CRMM Staff, Scott Williams

1:00 pm       Session 1 – Youngs Bay Archaeological Landscape – Mike Brown

1:45 pm       Session 2 – Beeswax Wreck Presentations –

  • Drew Wendeborn – “Discovery and Initial Survey”
  • Scott Williams – “The Recovery”
  • Chris Dewey – “The Underwater Search Continues”
  • Nicholas Mead – The Land-based Search for the Beeswax Wreck

  3:00 pm     Session 3

  • Melissa Darby – “A Review of the Evidence: Drake on the Oregon Coast”
  • Keynote Speaker: John Pouley, OR State Archaeologist “The False Notion of Finders Keepers: Understanding the laws that protect archaeological sites, and why we have them.”

2023 MAS Presenter: Chris Dewey “The Underwater Search Continues”