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This profile was last updated on 11/19/13  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Mr. Charles D. Beeker

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Director, Underwater Science

Indiana University
107 E 6Th Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47408
United States

Company Description: Indiana University is one of the oldest state universities in the Midwest and also one of the largest universities in the United States with more than 110,000...   more

Employment History

  • Faculty
    Indiana University
  • Teacher
    Indiana University
  • Director of the Office
    Underwater Science Ltd
  • Director of Academic Diving and Underwater Science Programs
  • Director of Office of Underwater Science
  • Head of the Academic Diving Program
  • Director of Academic Diving and Underwater Science Programs
    IU Bloomington's School of Health , Physical Education and Recreation
  • Director, Office of Underwater Science
    IU Bloomington's School of Health , Physical Education and Recreation
  • Point Cabrillo Light

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Ph.D.
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Point Cabrillo Light Station - Mendocino, CA, 95460, 19 Nov 2013 [cached]
Charles Beeker Field School Staff Archaeologist Director, Underwater Science, Indiana University
"When I first looked down and ..., 14 Dec 2007 [cached]
"When I first looked down and saw it, I couldn't believe everybody missed it for 300 years," said Charles Beeker, a scuba-diving archaeologist who teaches at Indiana University."I've been on thousands of wrecks and this is one of the first where it's been untouched by looters."Beeker said the wreckage has been aggressively sought by treasure hunters, including a group with a permit from the Dominican government to scour Catalina for remnants of the ship, which historians believe was scavenged of treasure and burned shortly after Kidd abandoned it.
"We believe this is a living museum," said Beeker, who has previously helped the Dominican government open underwater parks that feature cannons, jar fragments and other items recovered from early 18th-century shipwrecks.
E-Newsletter Category Archives, 27 Aug 2011 [cached]
Professor Charles Beeker is the director of the school's Office of Underwater Science and Educational Resources (USER) and also a member of the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee, part of NOAA. He has directed numerous shipwreck projects in the US and Caribbean and is a pioneer in preserving wreck sites as underwater museums. In addition to his extensive knowledge and experience in the history behind these submerged time capsules, he is also an accomplished diver.
According to Beeker it is a unique example of 17th century ship construction.
Shipwrecks are commonplace throughout the world and I'm taking for granted the rich maritime heritage that surrounds me." As IU's Professor Beeker so apply put it, "The students are our future.
Very exciting," said Charles ..., 12 June 2012 [cached]
Very exciting," said Charles Beeker, founding director of the Office of Underwater Science in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at IU.
The booty and other items from the 1725 shipwreck, including musket balls, ceramics and other artifacts, were being introduced to the public Tuesday at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. The Eli Lilly Foundation of Indianapolis is helping support the underwater archaeology with a $1 million grant.
Beeker has been confident that his research teams working with Dominican officials would find at least parts of the lost treasure. Still, he acknowledged, he fell victim to a bout of euphoria when the centuries-old silver was recovered. "There's a picture of me gleefully holding up the silver," he said this week.
The first pirate's cannon recovered in ..., 6 June 2009 [cached]
The first pirate's cannon recovered in the Caribbean is resting in a Hoosier underwater science lab at Indiana University Bloomington under the watchful eye of archaeologist Charles Beeker and other researchers and students. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, the world's largest children's museum, announces its partnership with IU to provide funding for the transport of the 17th century relic. Beeker, director of the Office of Underwater Science in IU Bloomington's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, has been authorized by Dominican Republic authorities to bring the cannon to his lab for five years of study and conservation.
"This is a great opportunity for Indiana University faculty and students to obtain hands-on experience during the conservation of this unique artifact that has created such international interest," said Beeker, who traveled to the Dominican Republic recently to oversee the shipping.
The 1,500 pound cannon, which was being stored in the Dominican Republic in a water bath, had to be boxed and kept wet to protect it from further deterioration, and then shipped by air cargo to Miami and expressed trucked directly to IU, where Dean Robert Goodman, School of HPER, arranged for a crew to help Beeker safely move the cannon into the Underwater Science Conservation Lab.
"It is not every day we receive such a significant historic shipment as one of the Great Guns of Captain Kidd, but when working with Beeker, his cross-campus colleagues and our newest partner, The Children's Museum, you are prepared for the unusual," Goodman said.
Beeker, who has been conducting research in the Dominican Republic for nearly 20 years, was asked to examine the shipwreck in 2007 while on another research mission involving the search for Christopher
Columbus' lost ships. Beeker and IU archaeologist Geoffrey Conrad have been exploring the era when the New and Old Worlds first met, focusing on the area of La Isabela Bay, the site of the first permanent Spanish settlement established by Columbus in 1494.
Beeker and his colleagues lifted one cannon from the shipwreck site last summer and in the process discovered wood from a ship's frame beneath the sand upon which the cannons rested. To learn more about the discoveries, visit
Recently, Beeker and his team confirmed rare rabbet seams in the teak wood hull of the ship, matching the 1701 testimony of Captain Kidd during his trial, days prior to his being hanged.
"This type of 17th century ship construction is unique to west India, and no European ships are built in this manner, which proves this is Captain Kidd's shipwreck, the Cara Merchant," Beeker said.
Now that they have been removed, Beeker will look for diagnostic markings, determine caliper and fully document the cannon in an effort to provide clues to its origin.
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