One of the nicest wrecks I had the opportunity to explore was in Lake Ontario. It was during a Navy mission to locate Avro Arrow booster rockets in 2004. We had an unbelievable side scan image of a two-masted schooner and sent down out ROV for a look. I was the pilot and when we hit the water and saw the mast come into view we knew we had history. It was a pristine ship wreck. The wheel was still on the deck, the rudder turned towards shore. No one saw that ship for two hundred years.
If that has you intrigued I know a great guy who can make that dream happen for you – Wreck Hunter Terry Dwyer. I first meet Terry when he worked for North Shore Diving in Halifax back in 1985. We worked together doing some commercial work for a local company in the early 1990’s and always seem to run into each other for some reason or another. Terry is just one of those guys you like to be around.
His bio reads like an adventure novel. Terry “has been working in the Canadian recreational, commercial and scientific diving industry for the past thirty years. In 1992 he received a Rescue Commendation for an Act of Personal Bravery. In 1994 he founded the Nova Scotia Scuba Association. In 1995 his diving company was selected by Lightstorm Entertainment (James Cameron) to provide the Diving Support Services for the motion picture Titanic, parts of which were filmed in Nova Scotia. In 1997, in recognition of outstanding contributions to the principals of the sport of scuba diving in Nova Scotia, he was awarded The Sports Network (TSN) Spirit of the Sport Award. In October 2005 he was elected as a “Fellow International” member to the prestigious Explorers Club. The Explorers club was founded in 1904 by a group of the worlds leading explorers. The Explorers Club is a multidisciplinary not-for profit professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research, scientific exploration and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore.”
He’s now writing his second book about ship wrecks and has a new venture to add to the list: Shipwreck School.
“Shipwreck School offers the unique opportunity to become an active participant as you join Terry and his dive team on real-world working expeditions organized to discover and explore lost shipwrecks in the North Atlantic.
Spend a long weekend or an entire week in the company of fellow adventurers, all intent on improving their diving and shipwreck hunting skills, as they enjoy the one subject which binds us all together – shipwrecks.”
If you want more information you can contact Terry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shipwreck School offers:
- Shipwreck Hunting 101 – The basics ( 2 days)
- Aqua Scan Underwater Metal Detectors Module (2 days)
- Guardian Full Face Masks and U/W Communications Module (2 days) • Deep Trekker ROV (Remote Operated Vehicles) Module (3 days)
- Underwater Camera and Underwater Video Systems Module (3 days) • EdgeTech or Klein Side Scan Sonar Systems Module (4 days)
- Marine Magnetics Marine Magnetometers Module (3 days)
- Nautical Archaeology Society Intro to Marine Archaeology (1 day)
- Nautical Archaeology Society Levels 1 thru 4 (available on request)
li>Small Craft, boating safety & Zodiac operations Module (2 days)