The Peachman Lake Erie Shipwreck Research Center (PLESRC) is owned and operated by of The Great Lakes Historical Society. Its primary purpose is to locate and investigate shipwrecks in Lake Erie but also conducts investigations throughout the Great Lakes. Linking with the traditional materials in PLESRC is the Clarence S. Metcalf Great Lakes Maritime Research Library.
The Center also serves as a focal point of organizing maritime archaeology workshops, documenting Lake Erie shipwrecks, and disseminating shipwreck information to the general public and specific user groups. In addition, the PLESRC serves as the headquarters for MAST, the Maritime Archaeological Survey Team, Inc., which is an avocational group dedicated to the documentation of Ohio’s underwater historic resources.
Each year, The Great Lakes Historical Society through PLESRC and MAST host a Nautical Archaeology Workshop. This workshop is open to all interested parties and is the only requirement for membership into MAST. The participants enjoy two days of lecture and hands on training. Topics covered include: the importance of nautical archaeology, ship construction, shipwreck documentation, and laws and ethics of shipwrecks. For information about the upcoming GLHS-MAST Nautical Archaeology Workshop – Click Here.