The Last Treasure Hunter
A 45-minute presentation on the last official Treasure Hunt in Canada. Terry Dwyer was issued the very last and official “treasure trove license” in Nova Scotia. Just months before the Province of Nova Scotia repealed the controversial Nova Scotia Treasure Trove Act an ambitious search for the privately owned British Transport ship SOVEREIGN was under way off St. Paul Island – The infamous “Graveyard of the Gulf”. At the time of its sinking, the SOVEREIGN was reputed to be carrying over 200,000 silver coins at the time it was wrecked near the end of the War of 1812. Learn all about the past and present legalities, the politics and the protocols, that he had to deal with including how he navigated the ongoing and ever changing maze of Government bureaucracy.
The L’AUGUSTE Shipwreck Project
A 45-minute presentation on the 2-year search for the “stern section” of the treasure ship L’Auguste, wrecked in 1761 off northern Cape Breton. First discovered in 1977and reworked several times by several different treasure hunting companies over the past 30 years, the shipwreck remains the second largest treasure ship ever discovered in Canadian waters, yielding over well over 12,000 silver Spanish pillar dollar and hundreds of gold coins to date. Go behind the scenes of an actual real life treasure hunt and learn about the business and the politics of what really goes on and what really happened over the course of this 2-year project.
St. Paul Island – The Graveyard of the Gulf
A 45-minute presentation touching on 16 years of adventures and shipwreck exploration on St. Paul Island. St. Paul Island is located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence roughly 15 miles (24 Kilometers) from Cape North on Cape Breton Island and 71 Kilometers (44 miles) from Cape Ray, Newfoundland and Labrador. The island is basically a granite rock that measures 3 miles long and 1-mile-wide, most of the year it is shrouded in fog and mist. There are over 350 shipwrecks on this island and well over 1000 people buried there in unmarked graves. Virtually unexplored St. Paul Island still beckons divers to its coastline – offering unprecedented opportunities for new shipwreck discoveries and quite often underwater visibility in excess of 100 feet in all directions.
The SOVEREIGN Shipwreck Project
A 45-minute presentation on the 2-year search for the remains of the SOVEREIGN, a privately owned British merchant ship that wrecked off the coast of St. Paul Island in 1814. The bow section and cannons of the SOVEREIGN were first discovered in 1969 by Ed Barrington of Offshore Diving and Salvage – Its cannons were recovered and sold to Oak Island Marina where they still reside today but its cargo reputed to be over 200,000 silver coins has remained hidden and undiscovered for the past 48 years.
Shipwreck Hunting 101– The Tools and Technology
Want to learn how to find shipwrecks? According to the United Nations, there are approximately three million shipwrecks littering the oceans around the world. The opportunities for shipwreck exploration and discovery are as untapped as they are global. Here in Nova Scotia there are over 10,000 shipwrecks with less than 1 % of them having been discovered. This 45-minute presentation covers such topics as: how to research and find shipwrecks, the technology and tools of the trade and search techniques used to locate shipwrecks. Today’s underwater explorers now have access to new affordable technology. Never before have these new technologies been so widely available and accessible to the public and at such an affordable price.
TITANIC – Working on the Movie Set
In September of 1995 Halifax the presenters company DEEP STAR was contracted by Hollywood film making giant, Lightstorm Entertainment to assist with logistics, locations and marine support services for the motion picture TITANIC. Directed by James Cameron, TITANIC went on to win 10 Oscars and worldwide acclaim. It was during the making of the movie TITANIC, that Terry Dwyer conceived Movie Marine Canada and since then he and his team went on to work on several major motion pictures that were filmed in part, here in Nova Scotia; including the major motion pictures:K-19 The Widowmaker, The Shipping News, and The Weight of Water. Movie Marine Canada also supplied the marine support services for the TV Movies: Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion, Blessed Stranger: The Aftermath of Swiss Air Flight 111 and for the Discovery Channel TV Series: High Seas Rescue and Oceans of Mystery. For over eight years, Terry has worked on numerous movie sets as a safety diver for some of Hollywood's biggest stars, including Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Elizabeth Hurley, Sean Penn, Kirstin Dunst, Sara Polley and Kevin Spacey. Join professional diver Terry Dwyer for an informative and fascinating 45-minute slide show presentation of the unique challenges and obstacles his team faced on a daily basis working in the movie industry.
Careers in Scuba Diving
Ever thought about making a living as a commercial diver, military diver or scientific diver? How about punching a clock in paradise as a Divemaster or Scuba Instructor working at a Scuba Shop or even at resort in the Caribbean? Ever dreamed of working in the TV, Video or on Hollywood Motion Picture Industry, as a marine coordinator, safety diver, scuba instructor, underwater camera or lighting operator? What about a career in marine biology or oceanography? How about as a full time treasure hunter, searching for treasure in the Caribbean like a modern day Indiana Jones. Learn all about these exciting part-time and full-time career opportunities.
Adventure & Marine Tourism Opportunities
Thinking about starting a seasonal Adventure or Marine Tourism business?
Have you considered Scuba Diving as part of your business plan? The east coast of Canada has long been one of the best kept secrets in the scuba tourism industry. Crystal clear cold water, lots of shipwrecks and vibrant marine life combined with the current exchange rate on the Canadian dollar and you have the makings of a new, extremely economical and sustainable seasonal Adventure & Marine tourism industry. Learn about some exciting opportunities available working in coastal communities. Learn about unique niche advertising and marketing techniques developed on the fly and tested in real time. Adventure tourism offers the participant all the necessary ingredients that adventure travel has to offer: excitement, a level of risk, unique experiences, education and fun. Terry has over 20 years of experience running dive charters, tours and expeditions to some of the most remote parts of Nova Scotia. He has organized private, semi-private and even groups of divers and non-divers as large as 22 people at a time on numerous weekend and week long expeditions.
Some Comments about Terry's Seminars
“Thanks for offering such a great program! The turnout--55 people--was fantastic, considering it was a Monday night in December. The program was excellent--one of the best ones we hosted at Central! Customers all rated the program Excellent. Several commented that this program was extremely interesting and entertaining. The speaker was very knowledgeable and funny as well. Highly recommend having him come back”.
Adult Services Librarian
Halifax Central Library
"Terry's presentation was an interesting look not only at the shipwrecks that can be found in Canada but the time, dedication and money (a forgiving wife or girlfriend required) needed to locate these lost wrecks. His humorous stories about his expeditions and the people he met were extremely entertaining. His adventures in the movie industry caught many of the attendees attention and interest. Shipwrecks, whatever their condition, are an amazing peek into the past. If you get the chance to hear his presentation, don't miss it."
Cincinnati Diving Center – Cincinnati, Ohio
"Terry is a powerful speaker and was well received by our guests for Shipwrecks 2011. We had 500 people at our show this year and according to them he was one of the highest rated speakers in our questionnaires and we look forward to having him again in the future. Terry, thank you for sharing your passion for shipwrecks and diving with us. We were honored to have you. Good luck in your continuing adventures!
President, Niagara Divers Association
“Your presentation was unbelievable; it is people like you that are going to make a difference with shipwrecks. It’s events like these that are going to motivate divers to channel their passion in ways other than pillaging and looting. Thank you so much for coming out, and we hope to see you again soon. I don’t think there is a person out there who has the combination of your expertise, your experience, and your willingness to share, and I think everyone left the event in awe… and inspired! Maybe we can take a look at a few adventures down the road and do some really exciting things!”
Ocean Quest Adventure Resort
Newfoundland & Labrador
Both as a scuba diver and a businessman, I want to congratulate you on your recent Wreck Diver presentation at Scuba 2000. As a diver, I was fascinated by the incredible photos of virgin shipwrecks loaded with artifacts and also by the sophisticated search equipment being used to find these treasures on our East Coast. The details you provided about researching, finding and diving on shipwrecks were intriguing. All the other divers in the room were equally impressed. I appreciate the time you took to come early to the dive store to simply meet the divers and chat with them about wreck hunting and about your book. The presentation was one of the best we've ever had. Not only did your presence draw the divers to Scuba 2000 but now many other divers, having heard about it are calling us as well. Let's book a return engagement soon!
Thank you for the presentation you gave in our community hall at Breton Cove. Now THAT was exciting. It is an entire area of Nova Scotia history that seems to be almost totally overlooked, and which would be absolutely wonderful for many visitors to our area. As a matter of fact, visitors regularly ask about the shipwreck history but almost tentatively because it seems no one knows about it. For the weeks following your presentation the locals meeting at my store were discussing the subject, and in general very amazed at the facts. Over 50 people turned out for your presentation, we would like to get you back again, perhaps in the summer or autumn for another evening. It was a very exciting presentation.
Wreck Cove General Store
Wreck Cove, Cape Breton
I had the opportunity to attend one of Terry’s presentations in April 2008 at the North Shore Gaelic Singers Hall Here, on the NorthShore of the Cabot Trail. First of all I would like to say that visits and presentations to smaller areas like ours are not only appreciated but you couldn't help but notice how enthralled the audience was with his presentation. I think most people thought that they were going to sit through a couple of hours of facts and figures, and what they got was a lesson in our own Nova Scotia culture and history, presented by a pretty good story teller. Keep up the good work Terry especially to the outlying areas like ours.
Mike Crimp -Cape Breton Seacoast Adventures