2017 Ghost Ships Festival Sponsors
Shipwreck Explorers
Hollis
Shipwreck Adventures LLC
Aquatic Adventures
Oceanic
Diver Dan's Scuba & Aquatic Center

Ghost Ships Festival 2017!
March 10-11, 2017  – Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport Hotel, Milwaukee, WI
 

Once again we are excited to be hosting the 18th 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 2017.
 
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 9th, 2017 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 Edmund Fitzgerald Investigations
Friday, March 10, 2017 - 7:00pm-9:00pm - Concorde A Presentation Hall

There are over a dozen books and nearly as many documentaries about the Edmund Fitzgerald, easily making it the most famous ‘domestic’ shipwreck.  That interest spawned from a Canadian songwriter, but today it is much more- a cottage industry fueling museums, t-shirts and even a signature beer.  Nearly as famous are those who braved Superior’s icy depths to unlock why the vessel disappeared 42 years ago.  From the Cousteau Expedition to the controversial bell-raising, each investigation brought something new to the surface.  For the crew aboard the Delta submersible, it was a link to whether the crew knew they were in trouble.  It was one of the crew found lying on the lake bottom in a lifejacket.

At Ghost-Ships 2017, Ric Mixter will share background on these expeditions, including his dive to the Mighty Fitz in 1994.  From its unique construction to the first record-busting cargo through the Soo Locks, Ric will share stories that even the experts will learn from.  23 years of research- with exclusive shipyard footage, storm journeys and eyewitness testimony from the Coast Guard crews that went after survivors. 

Join Ric and the crew of Ghost-Ships as they honor the famous ship in the town whose name adorned her stern.. Milwaukee.  Friday March 10th at the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel.

Presented by: Ric Mixter
Grace A. Channon and the Novel Design of Great Lakes Sailing Canallers
Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 11:00am-11:45am - Concorde A Presentation Hall
On the night of August 2, 1877, the four-year-old schooner Grace A. Channon plunged to the bottom of Lake Michigan within five minutes of being struck by the propeller Favorite. Her co-owner, Henry L. Graham and his two young sons, Harry and Alexander, were aboard taking passage from Buffalo to Chicago by water. Seven-year-old Alexander became separated from his father and was sucked under as the ship sank in 180 feet of water 16 miles southeast of Milwaukee.
 
Grace A. Channon was engineered with specific hull lines and unique adaptions that allowed a tight fit within the locks of the Welland Canal (the canal that bypasses Niagara Falls). Ships with these features, called sailing canallers, carried grain harvested from Midwestern farmlands to ports on Lake Ontario and returned loaded with coal to heat cities and power factories. Much of our understanding of the construction, adaptations and use of these ships has been learned over a twelve-year investigation conducted by Wisconsin Historical Society, through documentation of shipwreck sites like Grace A. ChannonDaniel LyonsWalter B. AllenFlorettaAmerica and others.
Presented by: Tamara Thomsen
Rebreather Workshop
Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 12:00PM - 4:00PM - Hotel Pool
The rebreather workshop begins with classroom discussion on closed circuit rebreather theory and operation, the differences between the different re-breather designs, and the advantages and disadvantages of re-breathers over open circuit scuba. Participants will then get to try out several different units under the instruction of the area's top re-breather instructors.

The fee covers rebreather use, gases, scrubber material and handouts. You will need to provide proof of Open Water scuba certification as well as a swimsuit, mask, fins and weight belt.

This is a great opportunity to compare the area's most popular rebreather models.

To sign up for this workshop visit Diversions Scuba at:
Presented by: Area Re-breather Instructors