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Matthew Lawrence, NOAA Maritime Archaeologist

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Florida Keys Underwater Archaeology

with Matthew Lawrence, NOAA Maritime Archaeologist

Matthew Lawrence is a maritime archaeologist based at Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary's Key Largo office. He has worked for the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries since 2002. A graduate of East Carolina University's program in maritime studies, Lawrence's professional research interests include remote sensing survey, 19th century steam navigation, and the U.S. coasting trade. He is an avid scuba diver who enjoys underwater photography.

Join Matthew as he takes us through the history of the HMS Loo, a British royal Navy ship that wrecked in the Keys in the 18th century. Learn about the history of the vessel, the historical context for why it was in the Florida Keys, and its role in one of the first underwater archaeological investigations in the US in the early 1950s.


Wed | July 17th | 7 pm


Immerse Yourself 2024 as of 6-20-24


3rd Wednesday of Every Month - 7PM

Join us the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7pm for our FREE Immerse Yourself! presentation series!
Limited in-person seating, also available via ZOOM.

Each month we feature a guest speaker covering topics from all aspects of the diving industry and the marine environment.

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