March 2020 Friday Night Program

Our next presentation will take place at Buckalew’s Bar & Restaurant on Friday, March 20 at  7 pm. Complimentary hor d’oeuvres will be provided at 6 pm until the start of the presentation at 7 pm. Happy Hour drink prices are available at the bar. A donation of $10 per guest to offset expenses will be collected at the door. Our guest speaker will be Gene Peterson. The subject of the presentation is “Finding the Freedom”

Start with the search for the lost tanker “British Freedom” and decades of wreck searching has led to solve many mysteries. Reunite families with their forefather’s history and help them pay tribute to these great heroes that lost their lives at sea insuring our freedom. Hard work and the inspiration of history enabled discovery and closure for many families affected by these great tragedies. Their perilous stories need to be heard so that we as Americans can appreciate their dedication and sacrifices.

Gene Peterson is a long-time friend of the Maritime Museum. As the owner of Atlantic Divers, Gene has led divers to explore shipwrecks all along the east coast of the US and Canada. Gene keeps three display cases at the museum filled with artifacts he has recovered from New Jersey shipwrecks. Gene has retired from active ownership of the dive business but continues to share his experiences through his writing for local newspapers and periodicals and his presentations to groups like our Friday night audience.

Active members only may reserve space up until Tuesday. March 10th, after which time any remaining seats will be made available to the public. Reservations may be made by phone at 609-492-0202 or by e-mail at

Please be aware that these programs always fill up to capacity forcing us to put people on a wait list. If you reserve seats for this program and find that you can’t use some or all of those seats, please let us know as soon as possible by phone or e-mail so that we can include some wait-listed members. Your consideration is much appreciated.

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