Shipwrecks Conference

Without any doubt, the Underwater Archaeological Society of British Columbia’s most popular and exciting, non-diving event is our annual SHIPWRECKS conference. While you will need to leave your regulators and scuba tanks at home for this event, we promise there will be no shortage of diving stories, and divers to meet, at this annual one day conference.

SHIPWRECKS began in 1986 and the success of this annual UASBC event has continued to this day. The location of the conference tends to rotate between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, and the theme of the event changes annually, but the spirit has remained the same for over 25 years and counting. The one day event includes a daytime session feature multiple captivating guest speakers, as well as a Woodward lecture and dinner.  Come out and enjoy a day of learning about British Columbia’s maritime heritage and exploration!


Shipwrecks 2020

Maritime Archaeology on the West Coast

Date: March 28, 2020

Location: Cadboro Commons, University of Victoria

Victoria, BC

To purchase tickets using PayPal, visit the UASBC Online Shop (https://www.uasbc.com/catalog/conferences)


Dinner & Woodward Lecture

Cost $50.00, 6:00 PM, no host bar.

Frozen in Time: Exploring the Interior of Franklin’s Ships Erebus and Terror

Marc-Andre Bernier, Manager, Parks Canada Underwater Archaeology Services


Day Session

Cost $40.00 Registration 08:30 AM

Topics & Speakers

Ancient Sea Gardens (Clam Gardens), John Harper, PhD, Marine Geologist

Reef Net Fishing: The Underwater Perspective, Ewan Anderson, RPCA, Archaeologist

U/W Excavations & Finds in Esquimalt Harbour, Tom Bown, RBCM & Rob Field, RPCA, Consulting Archaeologist

Historic Shipwrecks of the Southern Gulf IslandsJacques Marc, FRCGS, Explorations Director, UASBC

Drowned Landscapes of the Continental ShelfQuentin Mackie, PhD, Anthropologist, UVic.

Maritime Archaeological Society Activities in Oregon, Chris Dewey, President, Maritime Archaeological Society