The Center for Historic Shipwreck Preservation is a private, independent, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to research and education at the frontiers of undersea exploration.
Its three-fold mission is to explore history as preserved in the sea, to study how the sea functions and interacts with mankind, and to communicate its findings to the public.
To fulfill this mission, it must:
- encourage creativity, innovation and achievement within a multi-disciplinary and collaborative environment;
- utilize advanced technologies and methods to conduct effective project research and communication whether at sea, in the lab, or in the classroom;
- research, discover, explore, recover and preserve historic artifacts, thereby pushing back the frontier of our knowledge of mankind’s maritime past;
- study selected processes and characteristics of the sea, as they relate to mankind;
- promote a wider interest, understanding and enjoyment of maritime history, underwater archaeology and ocean studies by communicating its discoveries in articles, books, web-pages, videos, films and other media, as well as by lectures, seminars, field schools and other educational work to a variety of audiences;
- secure the essential resources to sustain these activities.
The Center will be recognized as standing for a core set of values:
- excellence in underwater archaeology, maritime history and marine studies;
- leadership in ocean conservation and education;
- independence and creativity in its research and communications activities;
- and its scrupulous attention to historical, archaeological and scientific evidence.
The Center will be recognized as an influential leader worldwide.
The Center will be seen as creative, effective and efficient and will be regarded as a role model for similar organizations.