Ramming Speed! Archaeology 300 feet below the surface of the Mediterranean Sea - Presented by Craig Walker
Remember the famous academy award winning movie Ben-Hur? The part where Charlton Heston is a slave, and is rowing the oars in the belly of a war ship, while the roman officers are banging a drum and yelling "Ramming Speed!"? It turns out that all of that was true.
The Global Underwater Explorers Battle of the Egadi Islands Project
Craig Walker, GUE Exploration Diver, will report on the 2017 and 2018 Battle of the Egadi Islands archaeological project. This project, conducted in partnership with the Italian Government’s Superintendent of the Sea, is an ongoing effort to locate and recover artifacts from The Battle of the Aegates (Italian Battaglia delle Isole Egadi). The battle was fought near the Aegadian Islands, off the western coast of the island of Sicily on 10 March 241 BC, and involved 370 ships. It was the final naval battle fought between the fleets of Carthage and the Roman Republic during the First Punic War. Craig will outline the project, what a typical day is like, and the rigors of doing working dives at an average depth of 285 feet for as long as 6 hours. There will be a lot of pictures and video, and the equipment required to perform these technical dives will be on display.
Craig has been diving for 6 years and has over 1000 dives. He worked as an Exploration Diver on the Egadi project for Weeks 1 and 2 in both 2017 and 2018. He holds the following GUE certifications: Fundamentals Rec and Tec pass, Tec 1, Tec 2, Tec 2+, JJ-CCR, Cave 1, Documentary Diver, Gas Blender. When not diving he lives with his wife in Orange County and owns a wealth management firm there.
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