“The Mystery of the Marie”

COST: [The cost is free for SBMM’s Navigator Circle Members, $10 for all other members, and $20 for the general public]
Organizer: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) is pleased to announce “The Mystery of the Marie” with Teresa Newton-Terres – the May offering in the museum’s monthly lecture series. Taking place on Thursday, May 18, 2023, at 7 p.m., Newton-Terres’ presentation will delve into her years-long search to solve the mystery of the Marie’s disappearance after it was shipwrecked off Santa Cruz Island in 1960. The lecture will be held at the museum and registration is required. The cost is free for SBMM’s Navigator Circle Members, $10 for all other members, and $20 for the general public. Register at:


On June 7, 1960, the Marie, a converted WWII landing craft, set out at sunrise from Santa Barbara Harbor…and was never seen again. The seven-person crew was working on a covert underwater communications experiment for a Raytheon-related project when the shipwreck occurred.  While four bodies were recovered, but the Marie’s lifeboat remained missing, along with the captain, a scientist, and an engineer (Diego “Jim” Terres, Jr). Newton-Terres was only 2-years old when her father disappeared, and years later decided to investigate the story and try to resolve the mysteries surrounding the Marie’s disappearance. Newton-Terres first began her search for the truth while living near Pearl Harbor, when she received her grandmother’s scrapbook with news articles about the shipwreck. She approached Raytheon, scoured original sources, and heard first-hand accounts, uncovering an aerospace Cold Case, an untold Cold War mystery, and a WWII story, all of which she will discuss in her presentation.


TERESA NEWTON-TERRES, PMP® is recognized as a leader and mentor through her work as an author, speaker, and project life treasure hunter. Holding a Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification since 2000, her service to projects gained global recognition by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) in 2008 and again in 2016. As an author, she is known for the aerospace cold case and true story, Mystery of the Marie: My childhood tragedy that surfaced a Cold War secret.  Her essay, “The Shipwreck,” won inclusion in the anthology Triumph from Tragedy: Personal Stories of Struggle, Courage, Hope, and Victory, which was published in December 2021. Serving initiatives from the United Kingdom to Hawaii, Newton-Terres was raised on the West Coast in Santa Barbara, educated in the Midwest, and now lives in view of the Arkansas River. She is grateful for family and friends as they create paellas, enjoy reading, and savor sunrises and sunsets. Learn more about Marie and her book at: and


This event is generously sponsored by Marie L. Morrisroe.

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