2017 Ghost Ships Festival Sponsors
Shipwreck Explorers
Shipwreck Adventures LLC
Aquatic Adventures
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
Sailing Tales from Presque Isle, Michigan
Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 1:00pm-1:45pm - Concorde A Presentation Hall

The Great Lakes are not just any lakes; they are large and sometimes referred to as the “inland seas”.  The storms come out of nowhere and can create large steep waves in a hurry.  The winds are strong and it snows in the winter.  Ships traveled across these lakes for their livelihood and moved goods and natural resources from place to place.  Sometimes these ships never came back.  It wasn’t just the bad weather that caused these wrecks, the fogs and lack of good navigation also caused ships to run into each other.

What was it like to sail the Great Lakes back in those times?  Why are there so many wrecked schooners in one location?  Join us in uncovering the mysterious sinking, the life of the families and crew members and their stories; as well as photos of these schooners as they proudly sit on the bottom waiting to catch another wind and sail away.
Presented by: Jitka Hanakova
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