Join us for a day of shipwreck discovery and research!
Wreck-A-Palooza is NMGL’s annual shipwreck program and in 2018, we have consolidated it into one day! Join us to learn about our Great Lakes and Ohio history through the loss of four extraordinary vessels. You can sign up for one presentation, a half day, or the entire day (with lunch included!)
10:00 am – Carrie Sowden: “Lake Serpent”
In the summer of 2018, the National Museum of the Great Lakes and the Cleveland Underwater Explorers mounted an archaeological excavation project to identify the remains of a shipwreck initially thought to be the Lake Serpent. This will be the first time these results have been discussed publicly from the archaeologists.
11:00 am – Andrew Sewell and Justin Zink: “Salvage Archaeology of the Black Diamond Canal Boat”
In February of 2016, a contractor working on the berm foundation as part of emergency dam repairs at Buckeye Lake made an unexpected discovery: large amounts of timbers that appeared to come from a boat, and not the usual old dock remains and logs he had been finding. Historical research and analysis of the timbers strongly suggest the recovered remains represent material from the wreck of the Black Diamond, a canal boat that sunk in Buckeye Lake in 1850. The wreck represents one of only a handful of historically recorded shipwrecks in Ohio that are not located in Lake Erie, and is the only canal boat wreck formally identified in the state. This paper presents an overview of the context, discovery, analysis, and interpretation of the canal boat remains and suggests avenues for further archaeological research on Ohio canal boats.
12:00 pm – Lunch for all day registrants
1:00 pm – Kevin Magee: “Cornelia B. Windiate – Lake Huron Mystery Ship”
In 1986 Paul Ehorn and John Steele made an amazing discovery off the Presque Isle, Michigan, coast. It was a pristine three-masted schooner sitting on the bottom in 180 feet of water with its name on it – the Cornelia B. Windiate. However, it was in the wrong lake and supposedly sank in Lake Michigan in December, 1875, not in Lake Huron. It was also remarkably intact and is one of the best shipwrecks of this type in the Great Lakes. In 2003 Joyce Hayward organized an archaeological survey to study and document this ship utilizing recreational technical scuba diving volunteers, one of the first projects of this magnitude. This shipwreck continues to amaze, and speculation continues on the final voyage of this remarkable vessel.
2:00 pm – Ric Mixter: “Le Griffon – Fact vs. Fiction”
Le Griffon became the first shipwreck in the upper Great Lakes when it vanished with a fur cargo in 1679. Since that time, fantastical stories have been made up about its loss, from native legends to yellow journalism and baseless TV news reports about the wreck’s discovery. Ric Mixter dives into the mystery behind the wreck and shares some of the most famous claims to its whereabouts- finding many times the quest is more for headlines than it is for archaeology.
Single presentation: Members $12, Non-members $15
Half Day: Members $22, Non-members $26
Whole day (includes box lunch): Members $60, Non-members $70