Project Baseline Gulfstream’s very own member and one of the Founders of Project Baseline, Global Underwater Explorer (GUE) and CEO of Halcyon Dive Systems, Casey McKinley, will be visiting Fort Lauderdale this weekend and will be presenting the story of a very challenging dive project.

A great documentary came out of the project. Here’s the synopsis of the film:

A team of scuba divers travels to the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific to dive the wreck of the USS Atlanta, a light cruiser that was damaged and sunk during WWII’s Naval Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942.
The wreck is located at 130 meters (426 feet) below the surface – a challenging dive for even the most experienced technical diver. The battle – often referred to as the “Barroom Brawl” – was one of the most, chaotic and close-range naval battles in US history. It took place from the 12th to the 15th of November 1942, and it credited for turning the tides in favor of the Allies, and eventually leading to the surrender of the Japanese forces.

The USS Atlanta put up a heroic fight against enemy fire, but was battered not only by the Japanese destroyers, but also by friendly fire amidst the confusion. 172 of her men were killed in action. Atlanta was outfitted with detonation charges and scuttled on the orders of the captain to avoid falling into enemy hands.

Through the voices of the dive team members, interviews with historians and veterans who served on the Atlanta, as well as the most extensive footage of the wreck shot to date, the harrowing drama of war and destruction – the story of USS Atlanta, and its final hours will come alive on the screen.

Sponsored by Wayne & Marti Huizenga…This film is one of four free films for Veterans and Active Duty Service members – all taking place at Sunrise Civic Center on Sunday, Nov 11.

The DIVE TO THE USS ATLANTA film will be presented at the Sunrise Civic Center Theatre at 6 PM, this SUNDAY, November 11, 2012

Please arrive no later than 5:45 to pick up your tickets from Kris Stewart.

Casey McKinlay will be in attendance with the film’s director to answer questions from the audience. The film starts at 6 PM. After the screening join us for a reception at the Center with hors d’oeuvres/finger food where we can have more face time with Casey and hear his experiences with this project. We will also have a brief Explorers Club business meeting to take nominations from the floor for the Southern Florida Chapter elections in December.

Charge for this event is $20.00 per person and covers the movie and reception. Cash bar.

We encourage you to use PayPal using the link on our web page. PayPal will accept your credit card, debit card, or electronic check.

DATE: SUNDAY, November 11, 2012

TIME: Please arrive by 5:45 PM to pick up your tickets; film starts at 6 PM

LECTURER: Casey McKinlay, FN ‘08

LOCATION: Sunrise Civic Center Theatre

10770 West Oakland Park Boulevard

Sunrise, FL 33351

Film: DIVE TO THE USS ATLANTA will be presented at the Sunrise Civic Center Theatre at 6 PM


From the Sawgrass Expressway (869), take the Oakland Park Blvd. exit and follow it to the Center which will be on your right.

From I-95, take the Oakland Park Blvd exit and travel west to the Center, which will be on your left.

Turnpike: There is no exit onto Oakland Park Blvd. Sunrise Blvd or Commercial Blvd will work (see map).


Cost: Charge for this event is $20.00 per person and includes the film and reception.

Please let us know by Nov. 8 if you are coming. Please send your check payable to the Explorers Club to

Kris Stewart, Treasurer

2214 S. Cypress Bend, #306

Pompano Beach, FL 33069

Tel 954 984-1600