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Ghost Ships Festival 2015!
March 13-14, 2015  – Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport Hotel, Milwaukee, WI

Once again we are excited to be hosting the 16th Annual Ghost Ships Festival at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport Hotel.  Conveniently located off I-94 just south of General Mitchell International Airport, the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport Hotel with its state-of-the-art meeting and event facilities, guest amenities and top-notch service made it the perfect choice for Ghost Ships Festival 2015.
The Ghost Ships Festival is Wisconsin's largest trade show devoted to Scuba Diving and Great Lakes Maritime History. Exhibits, workshops, and presentations cover just about every aspect of Great Lakes maritime history and scuba diving. You can listen to and interact with leading dive industry professionals, extreme explorers, maritime historians, and Great Lakes authors!
Tickets to the presentations on Friday night and Saturday are $20.00 until March 12th, 2015 and $25.00 if purchased at the door.  You can purchase your tickets through our secure online ticketing page.
The Exhibit Hall is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Featured Presentation: The Eastland Disaster - An Unparalleled Tragedy
Friday, March 13, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm - Concorde A Presentation Hall

Early on the morning of July 24, 1915, the lake passenger steamer Eastland was preparing to cast off from its mooring along the Chicago River.  On board, over 2500 excited Western Electric Company employees and their families. It was to be a pleasant Lake Michigan cruise and picnic, but it turned instead into Chicago's worst single disaster. Before the Eastland cast off its lines from the wharf near the Clark Street Bridge, it rolled into the Chicago River.  In just minutes, 844 people lost their lives, including 22 entire families.


Join us on Friday night, March 13, 2015 at 7:00PM as we welcome the Eastland Disaster Historical Society as they present the accounts of this tragic event in Great Lakes maritime history. 

Presented by: The Eastland Disaster Historical Society
Railroad Car Ferry No. 2 - A Tale of Two Sinkings
Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 4:00pm - 4:45pm - Concorde A Presentation Hall

Railroad Car Ferry No. 2 capsized in the Chicago Harbor in 1906, was towed into the lake and sunk in 1907, and then blown up by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1908.  This presentation will explain the history of this ill-fated vessel, and present the results of a multi-year survey of her current condition conducted by the Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago, including sketches, photographs, videos, and a site plan generated from sidescan sonar.

Presented by: John Bell