Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum to
host Underwater Heritage Symposium
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum will be hosting the 2015 Underwater
Heritage Symposium that will showcase significant members of the
diving community. The symposium will take place on Friday and
Saturday, April 10 and 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
the two-day symposium, The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum will
formally honor several divers who have had an impact on their
profession through their passion for diving, documenting shipwrecks,
lecturing and authoring books on their experiences, and mentoring new
divers in the field.
symposium will explore our underwater heritage through presentations
by 12 dive professionals, and those attending will have an
opportunity to view artifacts from a private collection, meet the
experts, hear about their amazing adventures, and have books signed.
owe a great deal to those early divers who took an active interest in
historic shipwrecks and saw them as an irreplaceable part of our
collective national and international heritage,” said North
Carolina Maritime Museums Executive Director, Joseph K. Schwarzer.
“It is important that all sectors, public and private, continue to
work together to preserve, explore and interpret these irreplaceable
cultural resources,” he said.
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum Underwater Heritage Symposium
The author of 62 books, Gentile has published over 3,500 photographs
and discovered more than
40 shipwrecks. He has done more than 2,500 dives, of which 1,867
were decompression dives.
Of the thousands of decompression dives that Gentile has made, 200 of them were on the
Grand Dame of the Sea: the Andrea Doria.
During the mid-1970s, Bunch became interested in the U-85 saga and
has since made more than 1,000 dives to the site photographing and
exploring the submarine, which was the first German U-boat sunk by a
United States warship after America's entry into World War II. His
two books, "Diving the U-85" and "U-85: A Shadow in
the Sea, a Diver's Reflections," have enticed and encouraged
many divers to visit this famous shipwreck.
to dive at the age of 12, Bobby has spent most of his life in and out
of the water. Bobby is captain of the 65-foot Olympus, where he
originally worked as first mate alongside his father, George. A
graduate of East Carolina University and a NAUI Instructor, Bobby is
also an accomplished spear fisherman and underwater photographer. He
has also written several articles for Wreck Diver Magazine.
Owner of Blue Region Scuba, Inc. of Greenville, N.C., and Blue Region
Imaging, he’s been diving for 56 years with the last 35 off the
North Carolina coast. Larry has been awarded the Platinum Pro 5000
Award that only an elite group of divers has achieved.
A member of the first civilian team to dive on the USS Monitor in
1990, Poe’s, photographs were
selected by NOAA to illustrate its report to Congress on the
Monitor's condition prior to
recovery projects and his photos and articles on the USS Monitor and other North Carolina
An avid diver familiar with the shipwrecks of the acclaimed Graveyard
of the Atlantic, Landrum has been a NAUI Scuba Instructor for 20
years. She operates Roanoke Island Outfitters in Manteo. Landrum is
also an accomplished kayaker and the author of "Guide to Sea
Kayaking in North Carolina."
Landrum has been a dive boat captain for more than 10 years and is
also an NAUI instructor and a boat builder. He grew up in Rodanthe
diving on the wrecks in the '70s.
Corbett is a diver and historical shipwreck researcher living and
working on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. He is currently putting
together a book on the near shore wrecks of North Carolina.
As owner and operator of Thunderfish Charters of Mystic, Conn., and Point Judith, R.I.,
Capt. Palmer is an avid shipwreck diver, videographer, historical
author. He is a wreck diver sport pioneer with over 40 years’
experience. Palmer produced many
historical shipwreck videos and is the author of "The Last
Battle of the Atlantic: The
Sinking of the U-853."
Along with her husband, Dave, Sommers owns and operates a dive
charter business, Dive Hatteras, LLC in Cape Hatteras. Their boat,
Lion’s Paw, was named for the prolific scallop that is widely found
on Hatteras wrecks. When not diving in Hatteras waters, Ann is a
senior manager at General Dynamics in Northern Virginia.
An active shipwreck diver, Sommers has been exploring and
documenting the shipwrecks off the North Carolina coast for over 30
years. Captain Sommers and his wife, Ann, also an experienced diver,
operate Dive Hatteras, LLC, a business providing dive charter
services from Hatteras.
As a licensed captain for over 24 years, Barker started running dive
trips in 1994. He has dived and led trips to many prestigious sites
including Andre Doria, E.M. Clark, Bow Mariner, USS Monitor and the
famous wrecks of the Billy Mitchell fleet, which includes the German
battleship Ostfriesland and light cruiser Frankfurt. He is presently
exploring new wrecks while also running dive charters.
10, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
History of the WWII Wrecks off the NC Coast. Larry Cox
Tick-Tock : Is there A Ticking Bomb In Your Garage? Joe Poe
Past, Present and
Future: 30 years of Diving on Northern OBX Dive Sites. Pam Malec
Landrum, Matt Landrum
Shipwrecks. Gary Gentile
Wreck of the SS
Andrew Johnson on Currituck Beach.Marc Corbett
The USS Tarpon.
Enigma 2946 M4.
11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Diving the U-85.
George Purifoy and Bobby Purifoy
Battles of the
USS Monitor. Gary Gentile
A Salute to the
Pioneers of Diving. Joseph Schwarzer
Sea Shells along
the Outer Banks. Ann Sommers
A Dive Into
History. Dave Sommers
Three Wars, Three
Wrecks, In Three Days. J.T. Barker
more information, call 252-986-2995 or e-mail
[email protected]. Visit the website at
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is located at 59200 Museum Dr.,
Hatteras, NC 27943. The museum is open Monday - Saturday 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. from April through mid-October and from 10 a.m. until
4 p.m. from mid-October through March.