HATTERAS, NC March 18, 2015 – The 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 April 10 & 11, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
During the two-day symposium, The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum will formally honor several divers who have impacted their profession through their passion for diving, documenting shipwrecks, lecturing and authoring books on their experiences, and mentoring new divers in the field.
Join The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum as they explore our underwater heritage through presentations by twelve dive professionals, view artifacts from a private collection, meet the experts, hear about their amazing adventures, and have books signed at this exciting event.
“We 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.
Speakers for the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum Underwater Heritage Symposium:
Gary Gentile – 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.
Jim Bunch – During the mid-1970s, Bunch became interested in the U-85 saga and has since made more than 1000 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 WWII. 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.
Robert “Bobby” Purifoy – Certified to dive at the age of twelve, 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.
Larry Cox – Owner of Blue Region Scuba, Inc. of Greenville, NC and Blue Region Imaging. He’s been diving for 56 years with the last 35 off the NC coast. Larry has been awarded the Platinum Pro 5000 Award that only an elite group of divers has achieved.
Joe Poe – 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 shipwrecks.
Pam Malec Landrum – An avid diver familiar with the shipwrecks of the acclaimed Graveyard of the Atlantic, Landrum has been a NAUI Scuba Instructor for twenty 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.
Matt Landrum – Landrum has been a dive boat captain for more than 10 and is also an NAUI instructor and a boat builder. He grew up in Rodanthe diving on the wrecks in the 70s.
Marc 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.
Capt. Bill Palmer – As owner and operator of Thunderfish Charters of Mystic, Connecticut and Point Judith, Rhode Island, Capt. Palmer is an avid shipwreck diver, videographer, historical enthusiast and 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.
Ann Sommers – Along with her husband, Dave, Sommers owns and operates a dive charter 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.
Capt. Dave Sommers – An active shipwreck diver, Capt. 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, NC.
Capt. JT Barker – As a licensed captain for over 24 years, Capt. 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 battle ship Ostfriesland 380ft and Light Cruiser Frankfurt 420ft. Capt. JT is presently exploring new wrecks while also running dive charters.
The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is located at 59200 Museum Dr., Hatteras, NC 27943. The museum is open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
April 10, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Diving and History of the WWII Wrecks off the NC Coast
Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock : Is there A Ticking Bomb In Your Garage?
Past, Present and Future: 30 years of Diving on Northern OBX Dive Sites,
Pam Malec Landrum, Matt Landrum
Diamond Shoals Shipwrecks
Wreck of the SS Andrew Johnson on Currituck Beach
The USS Tarpon
Enigma 2946 M4
April 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Diving the U-85
Wreck Diving with George Purifoy
Battles of the USS Monitor
A Salute to the Pioneers of Diving
Sea Shells along the Outer Banks
A Dive Into History
Three Wars, Three Wrecks, In Three Days
About the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras is named in honor of thousands of shipwrecks that sank off North Carolina’s coast. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the state’s coastal culture and maritime history, which includes these shipwrecks, this repository of history. The vessels are the centerpiece of rich relationships to piracy, war, (Revolutionary, Civil and World Wars I and II), lifesaving, commerce and coastal living. The Museum is filled with related artifacts, which include remnants of the earliest known shipwreck found in North Carolina waters, dating to 1650, objects from the USS Monitor, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, and the Huron.
The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through thru mid-October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. mid-October through March. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.
The North Carolina Maritime Museum system is comprised of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Beaufort and the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport. All three museums are part of the Division of State History Museums in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.
Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.
NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.