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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
Sisters in the Storm
Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 1:00pm - 1:45pm - Concorde A Presentation Hall

The Great Storm of 1913 is unparalleled in the devastation of ships and sailors; 17 wrecked ships, nine of them big steel freighters lost with all hands and an estimated 250 sailors killed. Each loss had it’s own deadly saga of horror. But there is an extraordinary tale of two ships and crews, “sisters in the storm.” One would live and one would die and but for the twists of circumstance their fates might have been reversed. This is a story of government intransience, remarkable seamanship, an unlucky choice, poor ship design, tremendous courage in the face of near certain death and just plain good luck, all proving when it is said and done, “fate is indeed the hunter!”

Presented by: Frederick Stonehouse