From 1998 to 2001, MAHS
assisted in underwater archaeological investigations on the island of Curaçao.
lies in the southern Caribbean, about 50 miles from the coastline of Venezuela, on the
edge of the South American continent.
The archaeological work focused on the wrecks of two vessels that lie near the entrance to the island's
main harbor, Willemstad: the Mediator, an English steamship that sank in 1884 after colliding with another vessel;
and the Alphen, a Dutch warship that sank in 1778 after its main powder magazine exploded.