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Learn about the sunken wrecks of the Channel Islands

December 2, 2009 | 12:28 pm


The waters surrounding the Channel Islands hide more than 150 shipwrecks and plane wrecks dating back over a century.

Learn about some of these sunken ships and submerged airplanes during the December "From Shore to Sea" lectures, taking place Tueday at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum in Santa Barbara Harbor and Wednesday at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center located in Ventura Harbor.

Sanctuary and park cultural resource experts Robert Schwemmer and Kelly Minas will discuss current research about the ruins surrounding the islands.

The presentations will include two wrecks recently explored off Anacapa Island -- a World War II-era torpedo bomber and the shipwreck of what may have been a Prohibition-era rum runner.

Both lectures will begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Sunset over the Channel Islands. Credit: Claire Fackler/NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries