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The Maritime Archaeological Society offers a number of projects ranging from historical research investigations to complex underwater surveys. There is sure to be a project suitable for everyone’s abilities and interests. Become a member to receive updates on our current projects. You can sign up for free or low cost training, and then participate at whatever level your time and interests allow.


T.J. Potter

Past Project

T.J. Potter was a luxurious passenger steamboat that courted passengers between Portland and Astoria beginning in 1888, and was refurbished multiple times to compete with other passenger boats near Puget Sound. MAS volunteers conducted a survey in June 2016 and a detailed site report was submitted to Oregon’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) in December 2016.

Silvia de Grasse

Past Project

The Silvia de Grasse was a lumber schooner that sank on a rocky ledge in Astoria in 1849. The ship was over loaded with lumber acquired in the ports upriver and bound for San Francisco. The ships remains can still be found at the base of that rocky ledge, MAS had its first ROV field test at this location on 07/15/2016.


Lewis and Clark National Historic Park Boat Survey

Past Project

In partnership with the Park, volunteers from MAS helped survey the remains of a small boat in Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. The findings most closely resembled a gillnet fishing boat built during the 1920s and 1930s.

S.S. Iowa

Past Project

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers identified underwater anomalies in the Columbia River and on the Columbia River Bar. The sonar images from the Peacock Spit were sent to MAS. Researchers identified the images as the midsection of the SS Iowa.


Beeswax Wreck

Current Project

The Beeswax Wreck is a shipwreck near Nehalem Beach, Oregon. The ship, thought to be the Spanish Manila galleon Santo Cristo de Burgos, was wrecked in 1693 carrying a large cargo of beeswax and porcelain. Evidence of the wreck has been found scattered along Oregon's north coast for at least two centuries. MAS is currently working with state and federal agencies to aid in the search for this historical wreck!

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