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October 2011

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October 6, 2011 - General Business Meeting followed by
David Finnern - Bessie Brady Shipwreck

Prior to our weekly presentation, there will be a General Business Meeting where we will nominate our officers for 2012 and attendance is important.

The Strange Tale of the Bessie Brady

Image of a Beacon light from the Bessie Brady The Bessie Brady is one of the most enigmatic shipwrecks in the West, and most certainly the catalyst for some of the most enduring sunken treasure tales of all time. The Brady was built in 1872 in the shadow of Mount Whitney to carry silver ingots across Owens Lake to be loaded onto wagons bound for Los Angeles. By 1877 the silver production at the Cerro Gordo Mine was so prolific another vessel, the Mollie Stevens, was constructed to supply the necessary coal to power the smelter on the east side of the lake.

By 1882, both vessels vanished into shadowed history, and the stories began to flourish. One version has the Bessie Brady in a violent storm with 40 knot winds causing her to take on water and sink in the middle of the Owens Lake, with a full cargo of silver bars. Another has the Mollie Stevens doing the same thing. Yet another tale has a wagon load of silver shifting its position, causing the vessel to capsize. Another version has a wagon full of silver ingots rolling overboard, where it was lost forever. Photo of a Propeller from the Bessis Brady One of the more fanciful stories has a giant sea serpent attacking the poor Bessie, causing her demise, and, of course, the lost treasure.

In 2010, shipwreck explorer and author David Finnern, Adventurersí Club member #1065, and his wife Linda set out to find the truth about the shipwrecks, and the history behind the mysterious tales which have prompted countless expeditions to find the lost treasure of Owens lake. Join us on this night for yet another great presentation of adventure and interesting lore from one of our most accomplished members.


 
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Photo of David Finnern
David Finnern
The Posts are part of the Cartago Landing
Where the Bessie Brady Tied Up

Photo of Charcoal Kilns

Photo of Charcoal Kilns
Charcoal Kilns Where Wood was Burned to Charcoal,
Then Transported Across the Lake to the Smelter.

Painting of the Bessie Brady
Painting by William McKeever of the The Bessie Brady

Photo of Casper Titchworth, Captain of the Bessie Brady circa 1879
Casper Titchworth, Captain of the Bessie Brady circa 1879

Photo of a Replica Shipy

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October 13, 2011 - Vivian Callahan -
Adventure in Southeast Asia aboard The Quest

Quest at Anchor Vivian Callahan is an avid sailor and all-around adventurer. She has made many blue water passages on sailboats ranging from 36' to 58', including one to and from Hawaii, during which she survived a hurricane and a fire onboard.

One of her most recent adventures was a four and a half month voyage from Hong Kong to Phuket, Thailand aboard the ill-fated sailboat, Quest with Jean and Scott Adam, who were captured and killed by Somali pirates on a later voyage. This presentation will include many pictures and reminiscences of her time on board.

Vivian Callahan currently is an adjunct professor of communications at Santa Monica College. She is also a freelance writer / producer / director / editor. Recently, she co-wrote and edited the multi-award-winning documentary feature, RESCUE MEN, which is currently making the rounds of various national and international film festivals.

Website: svQuest.com

Source: Pierre Odier


 
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(323) 223-3948
 

Photo of Vivian Callahan and Friends in Singapore
Vivian Callahan and Friends in Singapore

Photo of the Sailboat Quest in Singapore
Sailboat Quest in Singapore

Photo of Jean and Scott Adam with the Crew of the Quest
Jean and Scott Adam with the Crew of the Quest

Photo of the Sialboat Quest in Langkawi
Quest in Langkawi

Photo of Dennis Bly and Vivian Callahan become Shellbacks
Dennis Bly and Vivian Callahan become Shellbacks

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October 20, 2011 - Kevin Lee - Sea Slugs, Pole to Pole

 


Sea slug is the common name given to a sub-class of invertebrate gastropods called opisthobranchs. These creatures have evolved into marine creatures that come in a myriad of beautiful colors, shapes and sizes and have unique defense mechanisms which assist their survival in every ocean and sea in the world.

Kevin Lee resides in Fullerton, California and frequently dives SoCal waters. His adventures, in over 40 countries, include multiple treks to Mt. Everest Base Camp and atop Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest summit. Among his memorable experiences, he fondly recalls a warm hug from Mother Teresa and meeting the Dalai Lama.

After learning to scuba dive, Kevin took up underwater photography to share the wonders of the ocean with others. Recently, he traveled to his 7th continent, going below the Antarctic circle, and scuba dived in 29-degree waters. Kevin's images have been featured in magazines, newspapers, academic literature and numerous dive related publications.

Let's go divin' at the club on this night. This fine gentleman's photographs on his web site are truly wonderful. Join us for dinner and another great presentation. See you there!

Website: DiverKevin.com

Source- Pierre Odier
 

 

 
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Photo of Kevin Lee and Friend Arctic Diving
Kevin Lee and Friend Arctic Diving

Photo of Kevin Lee Antarctic Diving Near Iceberg
Kevin Lee Antarctic Diving Near Iceberg

Photo of Arctic Sea Slug
Arctic Sea Slug

Photo of Kevin Lee Korea Diving
Kevin Lee Korea Diving

Photo of Korea Sea Slug
Korea Sea Slug

Photo of Kenya Sea Slug
Kenya Sea Slug

Photo of Kevin Lee Philippines Diving
Kevin Lee Philippines Diving

Photo of Philippines Sea Slug
Philippines Sea Slug

October 23, 2011 - NOHA - Night of High Adventure

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        		The Adventurers' Club of Los Angeles
                Presents its annual Night of High Adventure
                Sunday, October 23, 2011
                at the 
                Penthouse Ballroom - Delifina Hotel
                530 W. Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, Ca.
                310-399-9344
                
                "The Night of High Adventure is a Showcase for Excellence"
                Adventurers' Club member General James H. Doolitle, #800 OTGA
                
                The Evening's schedule will be
                5:00 p.m. - Cocktail Hour and Silent Auction - Cash or Checks - No Credit Cards
                6:30 p.m. - Dinner
                7:30 p.m. - Adventurers' Programs
                
                MSL-The Mars Science Laboratory
                Scheduled Mars Rover landing in 2012
                MSL Deputy Project Scientist, Ashwin R. Vasavada - JPL
                
                On Assignment to the Hot Spots of the World
                Carolyn Cole - Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographer of the L.A. Times
                Her appearance is conditional depending on events in the world.
                
                United States Navy Seals
                SEAL ethos and way of life presented by
                Captain Roger L. Meeks, NOSC, Los Angeles
                
                10:00 p.m. - Adjourn
                
                Apprpriate Dress is black tie, dard suit, or Military Dress for the gentleman;
                coctail dresses for the Ladies. Ethnic costumes are equally welcome.
                Tickets are $75.00 per person ir $600.00 per table of 8
                
                MAIL YOUR CHECK(s) to (see printable PDF form)
                The Adventurers' Club
                Attn: James Heaton, Tel' 323-465-9500
                P.O.Box 31226
                Los Angeles, CA 90031


 
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(323) 223-3948
 

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October 27, 2011 - Charles Carmona - Gem Adventures in Sri Lanka

Charles Carmona # 1136, led an expedition of intrepid L.A. County Natural History Museum patrons to Sri Lanka in September of 2006, in search of the legendary gemstone mines that drew earlier explorers such as Sinbad and Marco Polo. As well as several of the ancient and modern gem sources, the group visited ancient historical and cultural sites throughout this Indian Ocean island.

Join us as we relive some of the adventures involving elephants, leeches and most challenging of all, local gemstone dealers.


 
© 1921 - All Rights Reserved
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2433 North Broadway, P.O. Box 31226, Los Angeles, CA USA 90031-0226
(323) 223-3948
 

Photo of Charles Carmon Exploring Pyramid Ruins
Charles Carmona Exploring Pyramid Ruins

Photo of Charles Carmona Petting Baby Elephant
Charles Carmona Petting Baby Elephant

Photo of Sri Lanka Temple
 


 


 


 


 

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© 1921 - All Rights Reserved
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2433 North Broadway, P.O. Box 31226, Los Angeles, CA USA 90031-0226
(323) 223-3948