2017 Ghost Ships Festival Sponsors
Shipwreck Explorers

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
Ghost of the White Hurricane
Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 5:00pm-5:45pm - Concorde A Presentation Hall

The sky unleashed a blizzard over the Great Lakes, hitting Lake Huron hardest

with wind gusts up to 90 m.p.h. and waves to 35 feet. The Great Storm, even

today, is the worst recorded on the lakes. There were a dozen major shipwrecks

from Nov. 7 through 10, and eight of them were on Lake Huron. More than 250

people perished. The Hydrus had been headed south toward the St. Clair River,

iron ore in its belly. The ship lost everyone on board, a crew of 22, including five

found frozen to death in a lifeboat that washed up in Canada.

Since that time, every ship lost in the Great Storm of 1913 in U.S. waters in Lake

Huron has been discovered except the Hydrus. Veteran shipwreck hunter David

Trotter has had it on his wanted list for 30 years. Along the way, he has found

scores of other ships and even a few airplanes as he scours Lake Huron’s bottom

every year with his crew. It was Trotter who, in 1985, found another of the 1913

casualties, the John A. McGean, which was heading north in Lake Huron with a

load of coal when it went down.

Other ships from this storm have been found turtled, or upside-down, and

collapsed to the point where they are tough to explore. The video Trotter’s team

shot confirms the Hydrus is a divers' dream.

Join David Trotter as he recounts the history, research, discovery and exploration of the Great Storm of 1913 shipwreck, the Hydrus.

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