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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
Almost Home: The Phoenix Disaster
Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 6:00pm - 6:45pm - Concorde A Presentation Hall

In the middle of the 19th century, immigrants from across Europe were streaming to America's Great Lakes region to escape famine and poverty. Many of these new Americans were from the Netherlands.  These Hollanders walked from their failing farms to Rotterdam, boarded overcrowded sailing ships for a month long voyage to New York. The the Erie Canal brought them to Buffalo and Lake Erie, where they boarded a steamer for the 1,000 mile journey to their new homes on the shores of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin and Michigan.


In November, 1847, the propeller Phoenix, loaded beyond capacity with 300 passengers and crew caught on fire when just 6 miles from their new home in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. 250 aboard the Phoenix were forced to choose between death by fire and jumping into the frozen water. Only two dozen immigrants survived.


A pivotal point in Wisconsin's immigration story, the Phoenix Disaster portrays the heartbreak and and triumph of some of the state's earliest European settlers. Craig Rich tells the tale of the Phoenix Disaster as no one else can in a multimedia presentation with a personal twist revealed at the end!

Presented by: Craig Rich