NEW Multimedia Presentations for 2017
The Last Treasure Hunter A 45 minute presentation on the last official shipwreck search and recovery project in Canada. Terry Dwyer was issued the very last and official “treasure trove license” in Nova Scotia. Just months before the Province of Nova Scotia repealed the controversial Nova Scotia Treasure Trove Act an ambitious search for the privately owned British Transport ship SOVEREIGN was under way off St. Paul Island – The infamous “Graveyard of the Gulf”. At the time of its sinking, the SOVEREIGN was reputed to be carrying over 200,000 silver coins at the time it was wrecked near the end of the War of 1812. Learn all the details including how his team located the remains of the SOVEREIGN in one of the most remote and hostile areas of Nova Scotia-St. Paul Island, just as the weather window closed in on them.
Tracking Treasure A 45 minute presentation on the 2-year search for the “stern section” of the treasure ship L’Auguste, wrecked in 1761 off northern Cape Breton. First discovered in 1977and reworked several times by several different companies over the past 30 years, the shipwreck remains the second largest treasure ship ever discovered in Canadian waters, yielding over well over 12,000 silver Spanish pillar dollar and hundreds of gold coins to date. Go behind the scenes of an actual real life treasure hunt and learn about the business and the politics of what really goes on and what really happened over the course of this 2 year project.
St. Paul Island – The Graveyard of the Gulf. A 45 minute presentation chronicling 16 years of adventures and shipwreck exploration on St. Paul Island. St. Paul Island is located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence roughly 15 miles (24 Kilometers) from Cape North on Cape Breton Island and 71 Kilometers (44 miles) from Cape Ray, Newfoundland and Labrador. The island is basically a granite rock that measures 3 miles long and 1 mile wide, most of the year it is shrouded in fog and mist. There are over 350 shipwrecks on this island and well over 1000 people buried there in unmarked graves. Virtually unexplored St. Paul Island still beckons divers to its coastline – offering unprecedented opportunities for new shipwreck discoveries and quite often underwater visibility in excess of 100 feet in all directions.
Shipwreck Hunting 101– The Science and Technology. A 45 minute presentation chronicling the history and origins of the science, tools and technology we use today to locate shipwrecks. From primitive looking glasses in the 1700’s to the advent of deep sea diving in the late 1800’s to the development of SCUBA in the late 1940’s thru to modern day deep sea diving systems and underwater submersibles that enable today’s underwater explorers to go deeper and stay longer than ever before. Never before has the technology been so widely available and accessible to the public and at such an affordable price.
Nova Scotia and the Movie TITANIC: A Safety Divers View
In September of 1995 Halifax the presenters company DEEP STAR was contracted by Hollywood film making giant, Lightstorm Entertainment to assist with logistics, locations and marine support services for the motion picture TITANIC. Directed by James Cameron,TITANIC went on to win 10 Oscars and worldwide acclaim. It was during the making of the movie TITANIC, that Terry Dwyer conceived Movie Marine Canada and since then he and his team went on to work on several major motion pictures that were filmed in part, here in Nova Scotia; including the major motion pictures: K-19 The Widowmaker, The Shipping News , and The Weight of Water. Movie Marine Canada also supplied the marine support services for the TV Movies: Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion, Blessed Stranger: The Aftermath of Swiss Air Flight 111and for the Discovery Channel TV Series: High Seas Rescue and Oceans of Mystery. For over eight years, Terry has worked on numerous movie sets as a safety diver for some of Hollywood 's biggest stars, including Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Elizabeth Hurley, Sean Penn, Kirstin Dunst, Sara Polley and Kevin Spacey. Join professional diver Terry Dwyer for an informative and fascinating 1-hour slide show presentation of the unique challenges and obstacles his team faced on a daily basis working in the movie industry.