Beeswax Wreck Project Team

The Beeswax Wreck Project is a non-profit research project: we do not sell "shares" in the project or seek investors (although tax-deductible donations are always welcome!). We are a group of researchers and local community members dedicated to locating and identifying the wreck. The wreck is located on Oregon State Parks property, and all associated artifacts and pieces of wreckage are the property of the state of Oregon and may not (and will not) be collected without the proper permits from those state agencies. The Beeswax Wreck Project is not affiliated with Oregon State Parks or the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, but in compliance with state law and Parks policy both agencies are consulted and regularly updated on our research.

  Project Research Staff

Scott S. Williams, M.A., is the project's Principal Investigator. Scott is an archaeologist with the Washington State Department of Transportation in Olympia, WA.

He will be overseeing the project from the permitting process, through each stage of the project.

Please feel free to contact Scott at 360-485-5350 or


Richard W. Rogers is the Project Manager. He has been the one coordinating the efforts of the variety of specialists involved in the project. You can contact him at 808-222-6824 or
Mitch Marken is the co-Principal Investigator. He is a maritime archaeologist whose dissertation was on Spanish pottery from shipwrecks.
Christopher Dewey is head of the dive team. Chris has an M.A. in maritime archaeology from the University of West Florida.

Eb Giesecke has been the historian most focused on the Beeswax wreck at Nehalem Oregon.

He has been investigating the site since the mid 1950s, and it is much of his research that is driving this project.

Ed Von der Porten has been involved in a number of early Spanish shipwreck projects along the west coast. He will be leading the study of the porcelain and other Asian artifacts that come to light.
  Support Staff and Project Team Members
David Chaffee is a founding member of both Scientific Consultant Services Inc., and the Naga Research Group and is the non-profit's Liaison with the Beeswax Shipwreck Project.
Dave Wellman of D. Wellman Surveying out of Eugene, Oregon has contributed his services in aerial photography, 3D laser scanning, survey grade GPS and other survey techniques.
Carol Chaffee is a practicing attorney and provides legal and archival research for the project.


Jack W. Peters is an author, adventurer, GPS specialist, photographer and
SCUBA diver, Jack has been involved in the project since 2005.

He is a resident of Springfield, Oregon.

Craig Andes A Garabaldi fisherman, Craig has been collecting information of the "Beeswax Wreck" for years, and brings his maritime skills to the


Jeff Groth is with Integrated Desktop Solutions, specializing if mapping software, which will allow layered overlays and flyover technology to our mapping challenges.

He is also a member of our dive team.


Jessica Lally is a graduate student at Central Washington University. She is doing her Master’s Thesis on ceramics associated with the wreck.

You can get involved as well!
The Beeswax Wreck Project Group is made up entirely of volunteers: archaeologists, historians, geologists, divers, curators, students, and community members. If you would like to be involved in the project, please contact Scott Williams at and let him know.

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