Shipwreck Preservation Society

of Newfoundland & Labrador

The Shipwreck Preservation Society of Newfoundland & Labrador and the town of Conception Harbour invite all shipwreck enthusiasts and wreck divers to

Conception Harbour whaling shipwreck dive & BBQ


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SPSNL and the town of Conception Harbour will unveil a new storyboard about the history of the three whaling shipwrecks, and highlights for divers to see on the wrecks. So come out for a wreck dive and a hamburger to celebrate the successful conclusion of SPSNL's first community-based shipwreck project. Check out the improvements to the dive site, with an enlarged parking area, picnic tables and a fire pit. The nearby pleasure boat wharf has also been upgraded with a new slipway and floating dock.

Saturday, July 18, 2015 — 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Whaling Shipwrecks
Conception Harbour, NL

Free and everyone is welcome

The Shipwreck Preservation Society of Newfoundland & Labrador presents

German Navy Shipwrecks at Scapa Flow, Scotland

a presentation by Norman Turner

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At the end of World War I, the German High Seas Fleet was interned by the Allies at Scapa Flow, Scotland. In July 1919, 74 German warships were scuttled on the orders of their Admiral. While many ships were later salvaged, 3 German battleships and 4 cruisers remain on the bottom for divers to explore and enjoy. Hear about the greatest “maritime suicide” of all time and the birth of modern salvage operations that followed. See video of some of the best diving on naval shipwrecks in the world. In addition to the German Fleet, hear about some of the most famous naval losses in the history of the British Royal Navy, such as HMS Royal Oak, Vanguard and Hampshire.

SPSNL will announce activities for 2015 after the presentation. Find out about our plans for shipwreck workshops, courses and diving.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 — 7:00 pm
Activity Room, A.C. Hunter Public Library
Arts & Culture Centre, St. John’s

Free and everyone is welcome

CBC TV's Land & Sea episode entitled Stories of the Deep features SPSNL's underwater archaeology project at Conception Harbour in 2013. Interviews include SPSNL president Neil Burgess and maritime archaeologist Ken Keeping. There is another segment on the Bell Island shipwrecks and Ocean Quest Adventures. The last segment features Ken Keeping and his seafloor survey vessel.

Many thanks to Jane Adey and the Land & Sea crew for this wonderful program!

You can watch it online by clicking on the photo below:

Stories of the Deep

The SPSNL Board is pleased to announce the following upcoming events for 2014:

 The Wreck of the SS Florizel  Admiralty House Museum  Fri, March 28 at 7:30pm
 Annual General Meeting  B-24 Bomber Wreck in Gander Lake  Thurs, May 15 at 7pm
 NAS Introduction course  Underwater archaeology training  Sat, May 17
 Conception Harbour  Tour of the whaling wrecks & schooner  Sun, June 29
 NAS Part 1 course  Underwater archaeology training  August 23 & 24, 2014
 Trinity  Diving the Marvid, Speedwell & Fenmore  Aug 30-31 & Sept 1

More events will be added shortly.