‘Discovery of the Steamboat Arabia’ Topic of Beckwith Memorial Lecture

Photo of a riverboat on the Mississippi.

Treasure hunter Greg Hawley will present “Discovery of the Steamboat Arabia” at the annual Beckwith Memorial Lecture.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

March 6, 2007 – Treasure hunter Greg Hawley will present “Discovery of the Steamboat Arabia” at the annual Beckwith Memorial Lecture planned for March 14 in the Southeast Missouri Regional Museum at Southeast Missouri State University.

The lecture is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the Museum’s University Gallery, located in Memorial Hall Room 122.

Hawley and his partners found the Steamboat Arabia 134 years after the boat struck a submerged tree and sank in the Missouri River. The Arabia’s 130 passengers escaped, but the boat and over 200 tons of cargo were lost. Over time, the ever-changing course of the Missouri River left the remains of a 172-foot-long boat buried in a Kansas cornfield. In 1987, Hawley and his partners made their discovery.

The Annual Thomas Beckwith Memorial Lecture is sponsored by the Southeast Missouri Regional Museum and the Department of Foreign Languages at Southeast Missouri State University. Visit the Museum’s Web site at http://www5.semo.edu/museum or call (573) 651-2260 for more information.