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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
Exploring the Westmoreland
Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 10:00am - 10:45am - Concorde A Presentation Hall
A film showing the original exploration of the wreck.  This is the most majestic and one of  best preserved old wooden steamers on the lakes, every dive is full of excitement and adventure.  The Westmoreland is a early wooden propeller built in 1853 which sank Dec 7th 1854 after only one year of service on the lakes. The elusive steamer was finally located on July 7th 2010 by Ross Richardson.
Presented by: Paul Ehorn