UASBC Blog

Executive

We've been trying to keep a note in the Blog about what goes on with your Executive at the Board meetings.  Our last meeting was the day after Shipwrecks, April 28th.  We were fortunate to be able to have another F-T-F meeting.

We discussed the conference.  Many thoughts were expressed and in the end we decided to ask Tom to head an adhoc committee to come up with a report on how to improve the event in the future.  We are hoping that this can be accomplished within a couple of months.

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Barkley Sound

On the May 4-5 weekend seven intrepid members; Alistair, Bronwen, Eric, Holger, Jacques, Jiri, and Paul; braved the balmy, mediterranean clime of Vancouver Island west coast.  Truly, the sun was blazing away over a basically flat sea for seventy-two hours.  There wasn't even fog to put a blemish on the expedition.

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Shipwrecks

Wow, when things get busy, they really get busy.  April 27th was a bit of a rainy day, but up at SFU things were fine.  The annual Shipwrecks conference was attended by about forty people.  We were treated to a whole host of topics that spanned the pre-1910 era.  First Nations topics were fascinating.  We heard about clam gardens, the herring fishery, the reef net salmon fishery, and the Whalers Shrine.

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Board Meeting

At it’s meeting on April 2nd the UASBC Executive decided that it would like to share something from its meetings with the membership.  We decided that the best way was to create a précis of the meeting and put it here on the Blog.

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NAS

On March 16th Jacques Marc, Bronwen and I taught a NAS Intro course at the Crystal Pool in Victoria.  There were eight students who attended the course.  The format is the same for every  Intro course: What is Maritime Archaeology, How does one survey a site underwater, What are Foreshore and Maritime Sites around the World, What is the Law and What does one do with a find, and What can one do further with NAS.

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Atmos

On the Sunday after the planning session six of us went for a pair of dives in the central Gulf Islands.  A report on them can be found in the Trip Reports section.  But, since I haven't tasted enough salt water in the last couple of years, we went for a shore dive last week.

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Planning Session

Your Directors met for a Planning Session last Saturday, February 23rd.  Your Past-President, David Hill-Turner was kind enough to book the Nanaimo Museum meeting room for us, and attend the session.

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AGM

Last Wednesday we held the AGM in Victoria.  It seems to suit the organization moderately well.  We had a turn out of 21 people for the lecture and meeting.  The lecture was great, a good give and take about diving in Bonaire.  A number of attendees had dove on the same sites, so the discussion was fruitful.

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Prezin-tense

On Friday it got up to 7° C.  We thought it was lovely and warm, most locals thought it was chilly.  So, we went for a dive after we visited the boat.  We went back to Madrona point near Parksville.  It's a great spot with easy access.

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Thoughts

I was aware that we had a space for a blog.  Hmmmm…  Life has been a bit hectic and it is only today that I have had the time to get here and have a look.  I remember that when we created it my comment was "Well, if we put it in there, there is nothing worse than having it just sit there with nobody updating it!"

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Researching Shipwrecks

From time to time people ask me about conducting shipwreck research. One of these days, hopefully in the not too distant future,  I hope to get an evening course together. In the meantime here is an insight.

Lets imagine you have just found a previously unknown shipwreck and now want to try identify what it is? How would you go about trying to identify such a wreck? Where would you begin looking for information and what sort of information would you expect to find? These are just a few questions I hope to answer in this months blog "Researching Shipwrecks".

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