Nanaimo shipwrecks

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Hill-Turner, David
Audio recording and transcript of David Hill-Turner's May 2009 presentation to the Nanaimo Historical Society about the early shipping industry of Nanaimo and about shipwrecks associated with the city. In the first part of his presentation, Hill-Turner, who is both the current curator of the Nanaimo Museum and the current president of the Underwater Archaeological Society of BC, gives an overview of the history of Nanaimo’s shipping trade. This includes details about coal ships, passenger and cargo vessels, scows, and tow boats that worked in the local area. Hill-Turner next speaks about challenges to navigating local waters, not only for those operating marine vessels, but also for divers looking for wrecks. He gives a brief description of the development and work of the Underwater Archaeological Society of BC, and describes how research and technology can help to identify wrecks. He also speaks to the society’s role in researching, identifying, and helping to conserve and protect the maritime heritage of the province. In the second part of his presentation, Hill-Turner profiles several shipwrecks that have ties to Nanaimo including: the Barnard Castle, the Ericsson, the John Rosenfeld, the Oscar, the Iroquois, and the Thrasher.