Shipwrecks, Archaeology and the War of 1812!

Shipwrecks, Archaeology and the War of 1812!

The Great Lakes Historical Society’s Peachman Lake Erie Shipwreck Research Center (GLHS/PLESRC) and the Maritime Archaeological Survey Team (MAST) will be conducting their annual Nautical Archaeology Workshop April 14-15, 2012 at the Toledo Maritime Center (future home of the National Great Lakes Maritime Museum) 1701 Front Street, Toledo, Ohio followed by skills practice dives May 19 or 20 at White Star Quarry in Gibsonburg, Ohio. The workshop teaches divers and non-divers why underwater archaeology is important, how they can impact and protect Ohio’s wrecks, techniques they will use during shipwreck surveys and much, much more. For a good idea of what the weekend will be like you can visit .

In conjunction with the workshop, MAST will hold their annual dinner on the evening of April 14th at the Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center. This years Keynote Speaker is LeeAnne Gordon, nautical archaeologist and tall ships captain. Her topic will be Looking Aloft from Underwater: Sailing Rigs of War of 1812 Shipwrecks.

“Several War of 1812 era shipwrecks have been studied around the Great Lakes. Ms. Gordon has utilized her knowledge of sailing vessels, the archaeological remains of the Tecumseth and Newash, and analyzed contemporary texts to propose the sail plans of these War of 1812 era ships. Using these sail plans and what is known of the hull remains, the vessels show how, at the end of the war in 1815, ships were designed to possibly serve dual purposes: naval and merchant.”

Both events are open to the diving and non-diving public. For more information on the workshop and dinner you can go to

Posted February 24, 2012
Topics: Archaeology

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