Ralph Wilbanks
Dinner Program Keynote Speaker
Marine Archaeologist, Shipwreck Hunter. Southern Gentleman

Ralph Wilbanks is probably best known for discovering the Confederate Submarine H.L. Hunley. However, this extraordinary accomplishment pales when viewed against the fullness of this singular individualís life.  Ralph is the principle investigator and owner of Diversified Wilbankís Inc., and has over 35 years of experience in underwater archaeology.  Ralph has worked all over the world in search of historyís lost maritime treasures and is an advisory board member of Clive Cusslerís  NUMA (National Underwater and Marine Agency). 
When he is not working on a NUMA assignment or traveling the world for many other organizations  He can be found towing his boat RV Divercty as far as the Great Lakes on personal search projects.  This past year he was involved in charting the lost ships and equipment off the WWII invasion coasts of Normandy. This extensive exploration discovered over 200 shipwrecks, many tanks, personnel carriers, and much more.  Besides all that, Ralph is one heck of a story teller.
Sawmill Creek Resort & Lodge, 400 Sawmill Creek Drive West, Huron, OH 44839
70th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion
Shipwrecks of World War II & More