From the HMS deBraak to the Faithful Steward to the Merrimac, Delaware’s maritime history is full of dramatic shipwreck stories. Shipwreck historian Dale Clifton has been a student and teacher of that history for more than 40 years.
On Wednesday, June 5, at 7 p.m., Clifton will share his extensive knowledge of shipwrecks off the Delaware coast at a lecture sponsored by the Ocean View Historical Society. The lecture will be held at 32 West Avenue, Ocean View — the “old town hall” next to John West Park.
Clifton, owner of the DiscoverSea Museum in Fenwick Island, will bring with him some of his thousands of artifacts from the museum. An internationally acclaimed treasure hunter, Clifton has led hundreds of shipwreck recovery expeditions.
The lecture, titled “Delaware Shipwrecks & Sea Salvage,” is free for Ocean View Historical Society members and costs $5 for others. Light refreshments will be served. There is free parking in the municipal parking lots by the park.
The historical society has also begun weekly open houses in the Coastal Towns Village adjacent to the park. Each Wednesday through Aug. 28, the village will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. for visitors, as well as members, to enjoy hearing stories and seeing memorabilia from Ocean View’s past.
The village will also be open to the public one Saturday a month through August. The Saturday open house dates are June 22, July 27 and Aug. 24, from 9 to 11 a.m. The village will also be open for the Town’s Concert in the Park on Friday, May 31, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
By Kerin Magill