Richmond Dive Club

Using Scientific Diving as a Tool to Tell the Story of Human History: Bringing the São José Paquete de Africa Into Memory presented by Jay Haigler

Diving With a Purpose (PDF)

Jay Haigler Bio (PDF)
Scientific Diving (PDF)


"Slave Wrecks Project (SWP) is a coalition of organizations and individuals hosted by the National Museum of African-American History and Culture (NMAAHC) that uses their collective expertise to build new knowledge about the history of the Global Slave Trade through research, community engagement, education, training and capacity building in Africa and the Americas."

The core institutional organizations are: the National Museum of African-American History and Culture (Smithsonian Institution); Diving With a Purpose; the George Washington University; the National Park Service; and the Iziko Museums of South Africa.

The São José-Paquete de Africa, was a Portuguese ship en route to Brazil while carrying more than 400 enslaved people from Mozambique in December 1794. The shipwreck was found off of the coast of South Africa. Artifacts from the shipwreck are currently on display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The discovery came through the work of the Slave Wrecks Project, which was founded in 2008 by researchers from George Washington University, the Iziko Museums of South Africa, the South African Heritage Resource Agency, the U.S. National Park Service, Diving with a Purpose and the African Center for Heritage Activities. The African American History Museum joined in a couple of years later, recognizing that what the organization was doing—seeking scholarship on slavery and the slave trade—was a major part of its mission.

See the link below to download the scientific diving paper, which Jay Haigler was the primary author, that was published in the 2015 Proceedings of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences. The American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) is the regulating body that governs scientific diving in the United States.

Also see Jay Haigler's resume and the general brochure on Diving With a Purpose (DWP) - go to DWP Facebook page, "Diving With a Purpose" and friend them so that you will be able to see (in images) our activities.


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