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
Fire, Wind and Waves
Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 10:00am-10:45am - Concorde A Presentation Hall

The Great Lakes are loaded with shipwrecks. Thousands have been discovered over the years but many are still waiting in the depths, untouched by man since they plied the surface of our sweet water seas.

Two schooners that foundered on Lake Huron back in the late 1800s have remained Michigan maritime mysteries for well over a century, until they were both recently discovered by renowned shipwreck hunter David Trotter.

The Venus, which has been on Trotter’s bucket list for quite some time, was found 40 miles off the coast of Pointe Aux Barques, Michigan.  Once an image appeared on his side-scan sonar, Trotter sent three divers down to the treacherous depth of nearly 300 feet to confirm the identity of the mystery schooner.  The load of grindstones in her hold told her tale and revealed her name.

In June 2016, Trotter and his dive team found another wreck, the schooner Montezuma, which went down in Lake Huron Oct. 3, 1871.   Trotter was excited about finding the Montezuma because she was one of the earliest-built vintage schooners of the time period.  Trotter and his team were searching in Lake Huron about 35 miles east of Oscoda, Mich., when an image appeared on the side-scan sonar in an approximate depth of 170 feet.

The day the Montezuma sank, a heavy haze caused by enormous fires near the area had made visibility nearly impossible. Despite the conditions, the shipping lanes in Lake Huron remained open and active.  According to historical records, the schooner Hattie Johnson was traveling two points off her course when suddenly a green light of the Montezuma appeared across her bow. The Johnson struck the Montezuma just forward of the main rigging with such force the Montezuma was nearly split in half. As the Montezuma was sinking, its crew abandoned ship and went aboard the Hattie Johnson, which sustained some damage, but wasn't sinking.

Trotter is thrilled to be able to go public with these two discoveries and to be able to share the history, discovery and underwater footage his divers were able to collect with the Ghost Ships Festival.

Presented by: David Trotter
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