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The Thistlegorm Expedition: The Discovery of an Iconic WWII Wreck in the Red Sea


Wed 02 / 08 / 2023
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM


Via Zoom

Limited Capacity: 40 spots available




Kathy Rockwood

The Seacoast Village Project and the Active Retirement Association (ARA)
are offering this presentation to Seacoast Village and Active Retirement Association members


About the Presentation
In 1995, Denny Chasteen took part in an Israeli expedition to explore and document a recently discovered WWII British shipwreck, the SS Thistlegorm, in the Red Sea. Through his photographs, Denny will discuss the tragic history of the Thistlegorm and its role in the war and will share his personal experiences diving this now world-famous wreck. It is a story of adventure and discovery and of the strangest confluence of events involving Denny and the ship. The BBC subsequently prepared a widely-acclaimed documentary on the Thistlegorm entitled “The Last Voyage of the Thistlegorm” which is now an important part of British WWII maritime history.

About the Speaker
Former UNH chemistry professor, Denny Chasteen, has been SCUBA diving since 1956 and continues to dive whenever he can. He has traveled throughout the world photographing and witnessing the behaior of marine life. Of late, he has focused on the Gulf of Maine and has prepared educational videos for use by the UNH Marine Docent Program, the Seacoast Science Center and the Blue Ocean Society. He is currently working with the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP) surveying the size and health of eelgrass meadows along coastal New Hampshire and southern Maine. In this work, he employs a camera-mounted diver propulsion vehicle (DPV) to traverse large areas of the seafloor.