Shipwrecks/2003 was held Saturday, March 22, 2003 in the same Welland location.

The ninth annual symposium on Shipwrecks, organized by the Niagara Divers’ Association, was held on Saturday, March 22, 2003 at Centennial High School in Welland, Ontario. This one-day event  featured nine primary and several short multi-media presentations on shipwrecks, ranging from recreational through to technical requirements, as well as expanding the history of a number of Great Lakes shipwrecks.

We were very excited to have nine primary multimedia presentations.

We again were pleased to introduce several new local topics and presenters with a number of 5 minute shorts between the primary presentations.

Important Notice-Program Change

Due to circumstances beyond our control. Mr. Drew Trent (Oceaneering, Houston Texas) was unable to present  at our Shipwrecks/2003 Symposium. Mr. Trent’s busy work schedule had him unexpectedly in Brazil . It was logistically impossible to bring him to Canada for our one day event.

Mr. Dennis Hale (author: Sole Survivor, Ohio)  agreed to present on short notice. Dennis is the Sole Survivor of the sinking of the Daniel J. Morrell and told of the sinking, of his 38 hour ordeal aboard a life raft wearing only a pea coat and underwear and of his rescue from one of Lake Huron’s worst November Storms. Dennis gave this presentation to a much smaller audience at Shipwrecks/97 but we have had requests for his return on our questionnaires every year since.

Dennis’s presentation was complimented by Jim & Pat Stayer’s (Out of The Blue Productions, Michigan) video “The Morrell”.

Master of CeremoniesDavid Gilchrist
Norway: "Wrecks of the Norwegian Arctic at Narvik"Bernie Chowdhury
Sole SurvivorDennis Hale
Stories of Great Lakes Ships and their gallant seaman are told in song.
Dan Hall
The Judge HartTerry Irvine & Jeff Post
British Columbia's Artificial Reef ProjectHoward Robins
A Look into the Bellies of Great Lakes’ WhalesJim & Pat Stayer
The Daniel J. MorrellJim & Pat Stayer
W.C.Franz DiscoveredDavid Trotter
Wreck of the C.B.BensonGeorgann and Mike Wachter

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