Northwest NEWS

February 28, 2000


Bothell graduate presents nautical paper

   GALVESTON, TX--Eric Van Velzen of Bothell, a sophomore marine studies student at Texas A&M University at Galveston, recently presented a paper on nautical archaeology at a conference of the East Texas Historical Association.

   Van Velzen, son of Mr. Willet Van Velzen of Bothell, spoke on "Nautical Archaeology by Braille: Low Visibility Diving Operations in Galveston Bay." He has been involved in underwater studies of the Denbigh, a famous Confederate blockade runner that ran aground and was destroyed off Galveston in 1865.

   Van Velzen, 29, a 1988 graduate of Bothell High School and a veteran of the Marine Corps, has worked with scientists from the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M's main campus in College Station, Texas, in studying the submerged Denbigh wreck. Among those involved is Barto Arnold, who excavated several important sites on the Texas coast.