The New Zealand Underwater  Heritage is having the 2012 AGM on Saturday 13th October.

This is the presentations for the day once the formalities are over

 

SHIPWRECK TALES & MARITIME HERITAGE PRESENTATIONS

 

SATURDAY OCTOBER 13TH AT THE PONSONBY CRUISING CLUB

WESTHAVEN MARINA, AUCKLAND.

TIME: 11AM – 4.45 PM

 

The New Zealand Underwater Heritage Group Inc. invites interested people to a program of speaker presentations to be held in Auckland commencing 11am following their AGM 10am – 11am.

FREE ADMISSION

 

PROGRAM

 

1100 – KELLY TARLTON – SHIPWRECK HUNTER - Dave Moran

Editor of Dive New Zealand magazine, Dave Moran, reports on the forthcoming induction of the late Kelly Tarlton into the International SCUBA Diver’s Hall of Fame at a ceremony in the Cayman Islands. He also relates some of his adventures with Kelly diving the treasure ship Elingamite including a short video not previously screened.

 

1130 – UNDERWATER LEGAL CONTROVERSIES -Piers Davis

A look at the current legal issues in New Zealand and around the world and possible future developments. Maritime Lawyer, Piers Davis comments on the current

confused legal situation concerning shipwreck law in NZ, the 2001 UNESCO

Convention, the HMS Victory arguments, the Titanic, the Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention, and the discussions at the CMI next month over revising the Salvage Convention. Also issues regarding the Rena and the Niagara.

 

 

 

1210 – Lunch Break

 

 

1300 – AWAKENING THE GHOSTS OF IRON BOTTOM SOUND – Ewan  Stevenson.

In November 2011, the HMNZS Resolution (A14) conducted sonar surveys in the Solomon Islands looking for WWII shipwrecks. NZUHG member Ewan Stevenson, developed the survey plan and was on board for part of the survey. The survey included the wreck of the corvette HMNZS Moa in Tulagi Harbour.

 

1340 – THE RIDDLE OF THE RIFLEMAN – John McCrystal

When diving the Auckland Islands with Bill Day’s team in 1986 searching for the wreck of the lost treasure ship General Grant, NZUHG member Willie Bullock came across the remains of a shipwreck that raised hopes that the General Grant had been found. However following investigation and recovery of artifacts it was determined the wreck was not the General Grant. What then was the identity of the mystery wreck? For many years it was named the “The Half-Crown Wreck” after coins found on the wreck site. Intrigued by the mystery, shipwreck historian and author,  John McCrystal set about researching historical evidence in an effort to identify the wreck.

 

1420 – SUBMERGED STORIES – AN ARRAY OF EVIDENCE FROM THE WATER – Leomie Willoughby-Ellis.

Underwater Archaeologist, Leomie Willoughby-Ellis, tells of her own experiences – an exciting way to grab new insights, from seeing an Iron Age flea to submerged clothing, building trade networks through prehistory to diving shipwrecks. Her experiences cover a vast range of underwater archaeology - from the very early Harappan/Mesopotamian mysterious trade network, the underwater excavations of a Scottish Crannog with its startling Iron Age finds, work in Bermuda surveying the small island forts, the large drag based surveys of suspected sites and the excavations of a slave ship and the mapping of its guns. Work with the University of Southampton starting with the Bronze Age Maritime networks of the Med and partial creation of a database using Geographic Information Systems to map and record relevant data to a specific GPS point and the importance of this in Cultural Heritage planning. Work being done by Southampton University in conjunction with the Isle of Wight Trust and the majestic Port Royal time capsule. An overview of an archaeological career where it touches into the water.

 

1500 – 10 Minute Tea /Coffee Break

 

1510 - SAILING BY THE SUN & STARS – DECODING THE SECRETS OF ANCIENT NAVIGATORS – Dr Rosanne Hawarden

Sailors and navigators operating in the high latitudes had issues not faced by their equivalents at the equator. As well as frequently clouded skies obscuring the stars and sun they had to account for the unequal day and a seasonably variable sun. On shore, knowledge of the sun’s movements becomes critical to the provision of food at these temperate latitudes.  Dr Rosanne Hawarden presents new solar theories explaining well known ancient symbols such as the double headed axe, the horns and solar disk and the double spiral.  She demonstrates the results of a full year’s project where she set out to reconstruct a solar calendar using materials readily available to Stone Age societies, i.e. wood, beach pebbles and rock crystal.  An 800 year old crystal lens from the Wairau Bar now in the Canterbury Museum, was the inspiration for this experimental archaeology. She asks “is the spiral shape that emerged from this solar burn experiment the source of the Celtic double spiral and the double-double spiral of Polynesian seafarers? Was this ancient and usually sacred knowledge discovered independently by many cultures or was it transmitted from culture to culture?”

 

 

1540 – THE PERPLEXING PRE TASMAN DISCOVERY PUZZLE – Winston Cowie

A summary of the pre Tasman discovery puzzle investigation – historical investigator Winston Cowie summarizes  the investigation findings on possible “other” early European explorers to New Zealand shores, with a focus on New Zealand’s North-West coast and the possibility of an early Portuguese shipwreck buried beneath the sands.

 

 

1610 – HMS ORPHEUS – 150th YEAR COMMEMORATION – Wayne Mackenzie

Co-coordinator of the Whatipu Orpheus Commemorations to be held 7th February 2013, Wayne Mackenzie reports on plans to mark the 150th year since the loss of HMS Orpheus, New Zealand’s worst maritime tragedy. Wayne describes the forming of the Manuaku Bar and surrounding landscape, the nature of the shifting Manukau Bar and the approach of the HMS Orpheus. Signals raised and persons involved, the grounding, events and personalities surrounding the rescue of crew and tales of desertion. The findings of the official enquiry, the salvage and what wreck remains still lie beneath the iron sands of the Manukau Bar.

 

1640 – FINISH

 

 

 

 

 

 

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