A S S O C I A T I O N OF U N D E R W A T E R E X P L O R E R S
"A coalition of divers dedicated to the research, exploration, documentation, and preservation of submerged cultural resources."
The Association of Underwater Explorers (AUE), founded in 1996 by Michael Barnette, is a group of avid shipwreck explorers working to expand the base of knowledge on submerged cultural resources. AUE is not a dive club. Over the years, we have explored numerous notable shipwrecks, including the U.S.S. Monitor, Andrea Doria, U.S.S. Wilkes Barre, Queen of Nassau (formerly the C.G.S. Canada), U.S.S. Virginia, and the H.M.H.S. Britannic. Frequently the first to visit new shipwreck sites, we have also identified almost two dozen unidentified vessels. Most of our group are also highly experienced cave divers. Outside of our wreck and cave diving activities, AUE has also contributed to the biological and geological sciences, collaborating with various state and federal agencies. Our divers have participated or been featured in, or provided technical guidance on, several television programs airing on The Discovery Channel and The History Channel, as well as documented in numerous newspaper and magazine articles; some of these may be read HERE.
AUE is currently looking for corporate or private sponsorship to facilitate many of our current and future projects. AUE is an extremely visible and long-standing group, constantly participating on exciting projects and making new discoveries. Our website is actively updated, and receives over 200,000 hits per month (statistics available upon request). If you are interested in sponsoring our group, please contact us VIA E-MAIL.
ALL MATERIAL FOUND WITHIN THE AUE WEBSITE IS COPYRIGHTED (1998 - 2008) AND USE OF ANY MATERIAL AND/OR IMAGES FOUND WITHIN IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED UNLESS SPECIFIED OTHERWISE.