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The History of Diving Museum continues the free "Immerse Yourself!" series Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m., with a special event: "Diving the Lusitania: History, Controversy and Diving the Wreck," presented by John Chatterton, co-host of Shadow Diver and Deep Sea Detectives. Chatterton was part of the 1994 technical diving expedition to the RMS Lusitania. The British-led expedition was the first to dive the wreck using SCUBA technology and Tri-Mix gases.
The "Lucy" lies in 300 feet of water 11 miles off the south coast of Ireland. Chatterton will discuss the tragic sinking of the Lusitania, place the event in its controversial historical context and talk about his experiences on the wreck, as well as the role divers played in the legend that is the Lusitania.
The museum at mile marker 83 bayside is open daily from 10am.-5 p.m. Extended hours on the night of the program are until 7 p.m. for visitors to enjoy the museum's exhibits before the lecture. For more information, call 305-664-9737or visit www.divingmuseum.org or http://www.fla-keys.com/calendarofevents/img/lusitania.jpg.