Update: April 8, 2022
The last decade (+) has been very difficult with the loss of my main income with the 2008 recession, then relocating to the west coast, followed by an almost 6-year wait for a double lung transplant (non-smoker). My recuperation has allowed me much time to continue reviewing newly found sources of shipwreck information.
The future of Northern Maritime Research is a secure cloud-based database with the capability of creating interactive maps based on requested records (having spent the last 15 years adding latitude-longitude coordinates to as many records as possible). This will be a subscription-based service with proceeds going to an educational institution offering programs in Marine History, etc. The selected institution (suggestions being considered) will then disperse the funds for field research projects.
As for now, I intend to continue updating the database as long as I am able. Since 2018, I have been reviewing a monthly publication from New York, the SAILOR'S MAGAZINE from 1828 to 1920+ (but in 1884 the column on wrecks ceased). Next I plan to review the "Boston News-Letter" (on micro print cards) for 1704 to 1776.
In the meantime, I will be seeking public funding to pay for the programming of this cloud based-system. This will either involve selling or donating my library of shipwreck books (~200).
If you have any suggestions for the future of Northern Maritime Research, please email me at info@NorthernMaritimeResearch.com