Columbia River Shipwreck Conference 2023

We are excited to announce our annual Shipwreck Conference will be back, in person, at the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria from 12-5 pm on Saturday, February 4, 2023. Stay tuned for more information. Tickets will be $20 and will be available at the door on the day of the event.


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.”

Photo Credit Info:

2020 Columbia River Shipwreck conference featuring James Delgado as our keynote speaker