About Shipwreck Exploration Society and the Board of Directors
What is Shipwreck Exploration Society?
Shipwreck Exploration Society (SES) is a non-profit, 501(C)3 organization created to fund and promote exploration of the world's oceans, lakes, and waterways for lost shipwrecks and historical artifacts. Your tax-deductible donations provide critical support for undersea exploration that may not otherwise be financially feasible.
The funding made available by club memberships and private donations is used to support the education of the general public about lost shipwrecks, the history behind the sinking, the discovery of these vessels, and the preservation of lost historical and religious artifacts located on these wrecks. The Shipwreck Exploration Society also has a partnership program with public and private Aquariums providing support for the education of children about maritime history, the ocean, underwater archeology, and scuba diving – wreck diving.
Your donations also support SES’s full time preservation laboratory dedicated to the long-term proper preservation of these recovered historical and religious artifacts and help us make these artifacts available to the public via our museum partnerships.
Chairman & President
Joseph S. Porter
Director & Secretary/Treasurer
Joe Porter began diving over 30 years ago on North Carolina shipwrecks. His keen interest in shipwrecks and maritime history ultimately led him to create and publish the world's only magazine dedicated to this segment of scuba diving, Wreck Diving Magazine. He has participated in numerous ground-breaking expeditions around the world, searching for clues to validate historical beliefs, and sometimes challenging historical facts. Notable expedition involvement includes the sister shipwrecks Titanic and Britannic, and finding Spanish treasure on the wreck of the Santa Margarita. During the summer of 2010 he led a search for a Cold War-era Soviet submarine lost in a battle off the coast of Japan, and most recently he was the first American to be allowed to dive on certain Spanish galleons off the coast of Cuba. It is this interest in history; and especially shipwrecks, underwater archaeology, and the preservation of historical artifacts; that led to the creation of the Shipwreck Exploration Society.
Charles George is a partner with the Maritime Law Group, LLC concentrating in Admiralty - Maritime and Corporate law and is the Vice President of Marine Forensic & Investigation Group, LLC. Charles is also a journalist - deep-sea explorer and serves as corporate counsel for Wreck Diving Magazine where he plans, manages, and participates in expeditions for wreck discovery and artifact recovery and preservation. He is a USCG Licensed Merchant Mariner - 100 Ton Master, professional diver, Master Scuba Diving Trainer and Technical Diving Instructor. He is involved with ongoing shipwreck exploration and professional underwater archeological efforts discovering new wrecks and historical artifacts and leading the efforts to preserve these priceless finds. Charles has a background in investment banking and has invested and participated in the development of new technology used for underwater archeology. Charles also produces television programs and content for Wreck Diving Magazine TV.