Nautical Archaeology and the Lake Warships of 1812-1815

If you are interested in shipwreck archaeology you’ll definitely want to know about this upcoming event.

Ohio’s Maritime Archaeological Survey Team (MAST) is hosting their annual dinner on Saturday, April 21, 2007. The dinner will be followed by keynote speaker, Dr. Kevin J. Crisman, Associate Professor, Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University. The presentation abstract is as follows:

“Coffins of the Brave”: Nautical Archaeology and the Lake Warships of 1812-1815

Nearly 200 years have passed since the War of 1812 swept the North American continent. For two and one-half years the lakes on the U.S.-Canadian border were the scene of naval activity, and two battles, one on Lake Erie and the other on Lake Champlain, ended in decisive victories for the U.S. Navy. When the war ended most of the warships decayed and sank, but some have survived to tell us stories of shipbuilding and service in the freshwater naval squadrons. In his talk Kevin Crisman will highlight discoveries made on 1812-era shipwrecks found beneath the waters of Lake Champlain and the Great Lakes.

The event will be at the Elyria Holiday Inn (1825 Lorain Blvd. Elyria, OH) with cocktails starting at 6 pm and dinner at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $28 per person. For more information, please contact Carrie Sowden at 440-967-3467 x 6 or shipwreck@inlandseas.org.

MAST is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit avocational group dedicated to documentation, scientific study and education pertaining to underwater archaeological resources. For more information on MAST go to http://www.ohiomast.org/.
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