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Shipwrecks ahoy! Archaeologist dives deep into maritime history

Published on March 9, 2018 3:17PM

CANNON BEACH — Are you fascinated with shipwrecks? Do you find yourself watching too many historical shows and movies about pirates, ships or swashbuckling archaeologists? Then the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum has the perfect event for you.

At 4 p.m. Thursday, March 15, the museum welcomes marine archaeologist Chris Dewey, an expert on Oregon Coast shipwrecks. An East Coast transplant, Dewey now calls Astoria home.

Dewey is a retired naval officer, instructor of archaeology and anthropology at Clatsop Community College and president of the Maritime Archaeological Society. Headquartered in Astoria, the Society was created to help document and share maritime history with the public. The Oregon Coast is home to thousands of shipwrecks, some discovered and some not. It’s the Society’s mission to assist archaeologists in locating, documenting and conserving artifacts related to shipwrecks and other submerged archaeological sites.

Dewey will discuss the tools, techniques and strategies used to discover and investigate shipwrecks and their histories. He will cover some of the greater- and lesser-known shipwrecks in our area and the efforts to locate and document their wreck sites.

The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum (1387 South Spruce St.) is a private nonprofit that endeavors to make history available to everyone by offering donation-based admission. Lectures are free and open to the public.

For more information, visit cbhistory.org or find the museum on Facebook.


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