Wreckstock in Welland! What Divers Do Waiting for the Season to Begin

article for divermag.com

The Niagara Divers’ Association will present its 19th Annual Shipwrecks Symposium on Saturday, April 6, 2013 and Diver Magazine will be there!  The wreck festival, a popular event for Ontario and New York State diverss, will be held in Welland, Ontario.This one-day symposium on shipwrecks features multimedia presentations with internationally renowned speakers from both the United States and Canada.  This year two of the eight speakers are Diver Magazine writer contributors - photographer / journalist Robert Osborne, and longtime freshwater wreck specialist Cris Kohl - will appear on stage.There are  eight primary multimedia presentations on the programme.  

Scheduled to give presentations at the Shipwreck Symposium this year are:

Gerry Altoff: The Battle of Lake Erie
Tony Gramer: Tragedy Strikes in Seven Minutes
Jim Kennard: HMS Ontario
Cris Kohl / Joan Forsberg: Shipwreck Tales of Chicago
Robert Osborne: Pirates of the East Coast
Jim / Pat Stayer: Tuskegee Airacobra Down
Dave Trotter: Vanishing Points
John Veber: Long Point and its Shipwrecks

In addition to the symposium lectures there will be several 5-minute short talks given throughout the day highlighting new  presenters telling stories  about several new fresh water wreck discoveries. As in past years, speakers will have tables set up to meet and greet, sell videos, books, sign autographs, etc. Items will be sold on a cash only basis.  Stephen Weir (Diver Magazine) will have a display table at the Wreck Festival.
The Niagara Divers' Association's "Shipwrecks/2013" will be held at the Centennial High School, 240 Thorold Road, Welland, Ontario. The school features an 1,100 seat auditorium with theater style seating and an excellent sound system. Welland is a 45 minute drive from Buffalo, New York and a 75 minute drive from Toronto.

Tickets for the Sysmposium are $44 - $49 per person and include lunch. Parking is free.

Pre-registration required: for more information contact
, or view the dive association's web site at


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