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Headquartered in Astoria Oregon, MAS was created to help document and share maritime history with the public. The Maritime Archaeological Society is a registered 501(c)3 not for profit organization.

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Discover Our Mission

The mission of the Maritime Archaeological Society is to seek out, investigate, and document shipwrecks and other maritime archaeological sites; conserve artifacts from those sites, when appropriate; and educate the public in areas of maritime cultural heritage, historic shipwreck preservation, and the science of maritime archaeology.

Purpose & Vision

MAS was created to help state archaeologists document the thousands of shipwrecks and other submerged archaeological sites, and to assist with the conservation of artifacts. We will share our passion for maritime heritage with the public and promote awareness in the importance of maritime archaeology through our community outreach education programs. Additionally, our internal training program will produce qualified volunteers to assist with fieldwork and research opportunities.

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Chris Dewey

Christopher Dewey | Executive Director

Chris is the founder of MAS, a retired Naval Officer, and a former anthropology and archaeology adjunct instructor at CCC. He holds a master’s degree in maritime archaeology from the University of West Florida and a master’s degree in business management from Troy University. He is listed on the Register of Professional Archaeologists and is a Secretary of the Interior and Oregon State qualified archaeologist.


Natalia Meekins | Admin Coordinator

Natalia is a professional archaeologist for Jacobs Solutions Inc. She has an MSc in Ancient Cultures from University of Glasgow and a B.S. in Biology from Portland State University. She worked across the United States doing various archaeological projects in the Southeast and Pacific Northwest for the past four years. She is also a diving enthusiast and hopes to soon put her archaeological skills to maritime archaeology.


Connie Silverman | Financial Coordinator

Connie is currently the Controller for the Columbia River Maritime Museum. She has an EMBA from Rockhurst University and a BS in Accounting Management from Park University, Missouri. She has worked with nonprofit organizations in accounting, information technology, human resources, strategic planning and business process improvement for over 20 years.

Warren Bush

Warren Bush | Field Ops Coordinator

Warren Oliver Bush is a historian based on North America’s West Coast. He completed an undergraduate degree in History between Trent University in Ontario, Canada, and Boston University via Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and a Master’s degree in Maritime History from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Warren is one of the founding members of the Shipwreck Preservation Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and is the senior researcher for the Underwater Archaeology Society of British Columbia. He has authored many articles on maritime topics, and is the recipient of several research awards. He lives very well, and is dedicated to researching history’s loose ends.

Tim Dominick

Tim Dominick | Dive Coordinator/Dive Safety Officer

Tim is a Marine Corps veteran who began his diving career back in 2014 during an internship for his undergraduate degree in Biology. Since then he continued his dive education in central Florida and in Florida’s cave country. He worked as a Divemaster/technician at the Florida aquarium, training and taking certified patrons into the exhibit tanks to include shark dives. Tim is a technical diver with over 1000 dives specializing in overhead environments. Tim is a scuba instructor for both PADI and SDI heading up the training and readiness of the MAS dive team. Tim is currently a Deputy Sheriff and Public Safety Diver located in Portland Oregon.

Nicole Livering

Nicole Livering | Media Coordinator

Nicole is a Project Management, Media, and Marketing professional currently working full-time for Dutch Bros Coffee HQ. She also freelances for a variety of clients doing Executive Assisting, Content Creation, Marketing, and more. Nicole has a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from the University of Oregon, and a passion for all things History and Archaeology. In her free time Nicole collects Military History, is working on getting her pilots license, and loves to offroad in her Jeep.



Rick Rogers

Founding MAS board member and Beeswax Wreck Project Manager Richard “Captain Rick” Rogers was a former Army diver, retired Hawaiian Airlines pilot, shipwreck diver and explorer, avocational historian and author of the book “Shipwrecks of Hawaii.” Rick was active in the Hawaii Aviation community as a flight instructor and was also the official historian and archivist for Hawaiian Airlines.

Aloha Captain Rick. We will miss you.


Bill Garvin, Chairperson
Tom Mock, Vice Chairperson
Donella Lucero, Secretary
Connie Silverman, Treasurer

Sharon Gibson
Steven Gibson
Rachel Stokeld, MA, RPA, NPS
Tom Beasley

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