New England Wreck Symposium


New England Wreck Symposium

New England Wreck Diving goes back to the very first days of diving. Before Sidescan Sonar or Multibeam Echo Sonars were used to find these sunken vessels, divers would ride along with dredgers in hopes of finding numbers to their newest diving spot.

On February 16, 2019, SECONN co-hosted the revamped New England Wreck Symposium with the UConn Avery Point Scuba Club. Held on Avery Point’s beautiful campus in Groton, the event brought divers and non-divers from all six New England states! Featuring presentations from divers such as Captain Bill Palmer, Mark Munro, Bob Foster, and more it was a day that sparked excitement about the upcoming dive season. We’re hard at work prepping for our 2020 event which will be held on February 1, 2020 – see you there!


2020 Presentations

Solving the Mystery of the Lost Steamship Allentown

Heather Knowles and David Caldwell

For more than 130 years, the final resting place of the doomed collier Allentown has been a mystery. The Allentown was a 250-foot-long iron-hulled collier and on its fateful voyage was carrying over 1600 tons of anthracite coal bound for Salem, MA. However, the Allentown never arrived in Salem. On that ill-fated voyage during a severe November 1888 storm, the Allentown essentially vanished, lost with all hands. But where did the Allentown sink? Reports placed it off Minot’s Light in Scituate, but ultimately it was nowhere near there. Join us as we share a four-year exploration project to solve the mystery of the Allentown.

Heather Knowles and David Caldwell

Heather Knowles and David Caldwell are the co-founders of Northern Atlantic Dive Expeditions, Inc. They operate their dive charter boat, Gauntlet, with a focus on shipwreck diving and exploration. Both are technical diving instructors and fellows of the Explorer’s Club. Heather and Dave have had the privilege of exploring some of the world’s notable shipwrecks off the East Coast U.S. as well as shipwrecks in Canada, the Mediterranean and the South China Sea. In addition, they have made shipwreck discoveries in their local waters, including the USS Nezinscot, among others, and have collaborated on research projects with NOAA in support of exploration in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. 

Anatomy of a Wreck

Mr. Patrick Casey

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Mr. Patrick Casey

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Peter Straub

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Peter Straub

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2019 Photo Gallery