Sawmill Creek Lodge
400 Sawmill Creek Drive Huron, OH 44839
Shipwrecks, history, and diving in the Great Lakes and around the world
Time Past / Dave & Catherine LaGrange
Dennis Hale-- shipwreck survivor
Sponsor and Presenter Display area open from 10:00am to 6:30pm - Free
Evening Banquet Program
Evening Banquet Program: 6:30pm - 9:30pm: $40.00 - register before 10/22 $35.00
Eric Seals Bio
Emmy award winning photo journalist, 2011 MPPA Multimedia Photographer of the Year, National Webby Award, POYi, BOP
Graveyard of the Great Lakes: A Shipwreck Hunterís Quest to Discover the Past profiles David Trotter, who has discovered nearly 100 shipwrecks in his 35 years of exploring the Great Lakes. Filmmaker Eric Seals spent nearly two years documenting the story of the 74-year-old Trotter, Michiganís maritime history and peopleís fascination with shipwrecks.Our special friend and guest, David Trotter will personally introduce Eric Seals, to tell, as only Eric can, the story of Trotter's life long obsession with finding Great Lakes shipwrecks. The program features Trotter's most recent discovery, the Keystone State, plus the Daniel J. Morrell, and many more shipwrecks.
Graveyard of the Great Lakes: A Shipwreck Hunterís Quest to Discover the Past
Daytime Programs: 9:30am - 4:30pm $35.00 - register before 10/22 $30.00
David Trotter Bio
Shipwreck Explorer, deep diver, author, lecturer and photographer
Three new discoveries are explored: the Steamer E. B. Hale, the Barque Francis Berriman and Schooner "Y". Ship traffic was so congested on the Great Lakes in the 1800's that it may be compared to traffic on the highways of today, without the technology of today. Shipping disasters were commonplace on our "Inland Seas". Now, explorers can discover and attempt to solve the mysteries that occurred 100+ years ago. Is that really $150,000 laying on the floor of Lake Huron.....find out!
Robert McGreevy Bio
Author, Artist, Award Winning Historian
The Great Lakes Life Saving Service
The United States Life Saving Service has many roots in the Great Lakes. Although the services started out on the East Coast, they quickly grew where trade on the waterways prospered. As the Great Lakes shorelines, dangerous shoals and severe storms dealt out there fair share of disasters, many lifesaving stations were established. There were also volunteer lifesaving stations and crews. McGreevy uses his award winning art to tell the fascinating story of life saving on our inland seas.
Jack Papes Bio
Diver, Underwater Photographer, Shipwreck Enthusiast
The worlds three Best Shipwreck Dive Trips -- Truk Lagoon, Bell Island, and Scapa Flow
This presentation puts underwater and archival photography to the task of illustrating that the similarities between the three, World War produced, shipwreck graveyards located at Truk Lagoon, Micronesia; Bell Island, Newfoundland; and Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands of Scotland are as numerous and profound as their differences.
Ross Richardson Bio
Author, Shipwreck Hunter, Diver, Underwater Photographer,
Skillagalee: Shipwreck Graveyard
Join Author and Shipwreck Hunter Ross Richardson in exploring the newly discovered shipwrecks of Skillagalee, a remote island in Northern Lake Michigan. These wreck sites have remained hidden on the remote Skillagalee reef for over 150 years. Enjoy underwater footage of five wreck sites and explore modern shipwreck hunting and diving techniques.
Rudy Whitworth Bio
Diver, Award Winning Photographer, and Dive Travel Program Producer
In the heart of the Coral Triangle, we find Philippine locations that supply first class diving and first class accommodations. Here is where the species count is unparalleled. Join Rudy with the amazing fish and critters of the muck and blue water coral reefs of this very bio-diverse area.
Georgann Wachter Bio
Author,Shipwreck Hunter, International Woman Divers Hall of Fame
Lusitania, Eastland, and Edmond Fitzgerald
100 years ago, on May 7, 1915, the Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat, killing 1,198 of the passengers and crew aboard. On July 24, 1915 , the Eastland rolled over at the dock in the Chicago River taking 844 passengers and crew to their death. On November 10, forty years ago, the Edmund Fitzgerald was lost in a storm on Lake Superior; taking 29 crewmembers to their deaths. Georgann will revisit these historic disasters, explore their causes, and investigate the maritime changes that resulted.
Early Registration will be available September 21, 2015
Kevin Magee & Cindy LaRosa Bio
Technical Divers, Adventurers, shipwreck enthusiasts
Diving and Exploring Guam
Guam is not a popular vacation or diving destination for Americans even though it is a United States territory and serves as a major U.S. military base. Despite this lack of U.S. tourism, however, the island features a wide variety of intriguing sights both above and below the water. This includes WWI and WWII shipwrecks, Pacific war museums, manta rays, giant clams, anemone fish, native islander culture, and many other attractions normally associated with more popular destinations in the same area of the Pacific. Its lack of American tourism drew Cindy and Kevin to this destination, and the islandís diving, culture, and points of interest are described.
Bob & Carol Vincent