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 – and it isn’t always a shipwreck! Each day will have two speakers and a box lunch. These symposiums will take place on Saturdays, April 30 and October 8, 2016. You have the option to register for one presentation, one day, or the entire symposium (4 talks over the 2 days) If you register for the full symposium, you will be invited to a fifth presentation on November 5, 2016 which will cover ongoing work from the 2016 season.
The National Museum of the Great Lakes is dedicated to shipwreck discovery, archaeology and preservation. With the formation of the Peachman Lake Erie Shipwreck Research Center 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 2: October 8
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.
Great Lakes, Great Wrecks: Diving into the Past
A selection of photographs and discussion of underwater photography by professional photographer Andy Morrison.
Single Presentation: Members – $12, Non-Members – $15
Single Session (2 presentations and 1 lunch): Members – $33, Non-Members – $38
Full Symposium (5 presentations and 2 lunches) (April 30, October 8, and November 5): Members – $65, Non-Members – $75
Call NMGL at 419-214-5000 x 0 to register! Or download the registration form here.