The National Museum of the Great Lakes is proud to work with the Maritime Archaeological Survey Team every year. We are pleased to announce and promote their annual dinner on April 29, 2017. This dinner is open to anyone who is interested. The dinner will take place at the Seagate Center in Toledo, Ohio and tickets are $45.
This year we are pleased to have Wayne Lusardi, Michigan State Underwater Archaeologist as our key note speaker. He will be presenting on work that he has done on airplanes that crashed in Lake Huron.
Aircraft Wrecks in the Great Lakes
Over 500 aircraft were lost or wrecked in the Great Lakes beginning in the late 19th century. They represent a variety of historic vessel types including balloons, biplanes, propellers and jets, and are equally divided between civilian/commercial and military aircraft. Many have been found in recent years; some have been recovered while others remain on the lake bottoms and are available for archaeological investigation. In 2015, Michigan State Maritime Archaeologist Wayne Lusardi led a team of volunteers that surveyed and documented a World War II era P-39 Airacobra lost with a Tuskegee Airman pilot in Lake Huron. This aircraft wreck and others like it have provided valuable information on our aviation history and site formation processes.