The 2023 Arthur Amos Marine Heritage Award

Oliver Mowat – Ontario Archives – Snider Collection

The Arthur Amos Marine Heritage Award


This award has been established to recognize the outstanding contributions made by Arthur Amos over the course of five decades of his pioneering work on marine archaeological sites in Ontario and beyond.

The award’s purpose is to support and reward the initiation or continuation of a significant project that advances our knowledge and understanding of Ontario’s maritime heritage through licensed archaeological fieldwork, or for exceptional work involving archival research or publication.


The Evaluation Committee is excited to announce that Kayla Martin is the recipient of the Marine Heritage Award for 2023.

Kayla’s project will be to lead a small team to do a Marine Archaeology Survey of a shipwreck presumed to be the Oliver Mowat in the water off of Picton, Ontaio.

Goal of the Project are:

1) Historical research on the history of the Oliver Mowat
2) Setup a temporary non-contact mooring beside the wreck for diver safety which will be removed after the survey. Site location is to be kept secret from the diving public. It is critical that the site is not disturbed or damaged, so no anchoring will be allowed, and artifacts will be left in situ and will not be touched or removed.
3) Capture a photographic record of the site including video sequences for a documentary film.
4) Image acquisition to produce a 3D Photogrammetry Model (an example of her work is at )
5) Measure site and catalogue artifacts for a site drawing and the Ministry Archaeology Report.
6) Side Scan sonar search of surrounding area for possible debris field.
7) Additional historical research as needed based on survey results.

Kayla will be presenting more details at the Spring OMHC Meeting on Sunday April 16th.

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