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Wreck-a-Palooza 2017

June 3, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

- $12 - $75

Wreck-a-palooza is a two day event covering shipwreck discoveries across the Great Lakes.  Come hear more about exciting discoveries that are found in the Great Lakes every year!  Each day will have two speakers and a box lunch.  These symposiums will take place on Saturdays, June 3 and October 7, 2017.  You have the option to register for one presentation, one day, or the entire symposium (4 talks over the 2 days)

The National Museum of the Great Lakes is dedicated to shipwreck discovery, archaeology and preservation.  With the formation of the Peachman Great Lakes Shipwreck Research Program in 2001, we solidified our commitment to our submerged cultural resources.

Wreck-A-Palooza is your chance to learn more about ongoing research happening in the depths of our Great Lakes.  Join us for one presentation, one day, or the full symposium.  We will see you in the deep!

Session 1: June 3, 2017

Tragedy and Discovery off the Shipwreck Coast: The Wreck of the Schooner Nelson

Bruce Lynn, Executive Director Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum – 11:00 am

Image courtesy Great Lakes Shipwreck Muse

“First Disaster of the Season”. Such was one headline that described the May 1899 shipwreck of the schooner NELSON, which went down so quickly that one eyewitness said that she sank as “quickly as one could snuff out a candle!” She sank on Lake Superior’s Southeast shoreline, in the vicinity of the Deer Park Life-Saving Station. What happened to her? How was she discovered? And why has this shipwreck been called “particularly tragic”…when most, if not all shipwrecks have a tragic story? Discover the dramatic story of the schooner NELSON in this exciting program!



Durham Boat – Defining a Great Lakes Working Watercraft 

Dr. Ben Ford, Professor of Anthropology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania – 1:00 pm

Durham boats, wooden, flat-bottomed, double ended cargo vessels, were a vital part of eastern North American inland transportation during the 18th and 19th centuries, but are rarely seen in the archaeological record. The discovery of a 19th-century shipwreck in Oneida Lake, NY, that closely resembles historical Durham boat descriptions allowed for an investigation of this boat type that also sailed the Great Lakes. The Oneida Lake shipwreck is fully described and compared to primary historical accounts to establish it as an archaeological example of the Durham boat type.


Click here for information on the Second Session on October 7.

Wreck-A-Palooza Pricing
Single Presentation: Members – $12,  Non-Members – $15
Single Session (2 presentations and 1 lunch): Members – $35, Non-Members – $40
Full Symposium (4 presentations and 2 lunches) (June 3 and October 7): Members – $65, Non-Members – $75

Register via Eventbrite, call 419-214-5000 x 200, or download and send it the registration form.
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June 3, 2017
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
$12 - $75


National Museum of the Great Lakes
419-214-5000 x 200


National Museum of the Great Lakes
1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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