We would like to thank the IDNR District 10 Officers: Officer Torsell, Officer Klimek, and Officer Arlandson for spending their valuable time to partner with the Lake Michigan Coastal Program efforts to do a little additional shipwreck survey. We would like to especially thank Lt. Shepherd and the Director of the DNR Division of Law Enforcement, Scotty Wilson, for providing resources that assist with the conservation of Indiana’s cultural resources.
Mnaagement Plan in place – now to implementation. We were back out to a site in may to conduct some monitoring. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped with that effort. Next we will be back out in in the field again, conducting additional fieldwork as part of the management plan supported by the Lake Michigan Coastal Program and the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. So more blog posts to follow.
Hello fellow shipwreck enthusiasts!
September is Indiana Archaeology Month. The theme this year is “Hoosier History in the Deep”Indiana Archaeology Month 2012
Thanks to Dan Bindert, who so graciously hosted an interview this morning to promote Lake Michigan Coastal Awareness month and Indiana Archaeology Awareness month. We’ll see if we can get a copy to post on the blog.
In recognition of Lake Michigan Coastal Awareness month & Indiana Archaeology Awareness month, we are giving a presentation about the project results. Hope to see you there!
Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Lake County Public Library: Central Library, 1919 West 81st Avenue (on US 30) Merrillville, Indiana 46410-5488
Program Title: A Quarter Century of History: Indiana’s Historic Shipwrecks of Lake Michigan
Program Summary: A quarter century ago, the Indiana DNR and State Archaeologist, Gary Ellis, undertook a survey of historic shipwrecks in Lake Michigan. Another survey, sponsored by IDNR Lake Michigan Coastal Program, was conducted in summer 2011 to re-locate these wrecks and search for previously unidentified sites. The project involved historical research, archaeological survey, and public outreach. Of the 14 sites previously identified, 9 were positively relocated. Several potential new sites were also identified. This program will provide information as well as pictures and videos from 25 years ago and from 2011, of some of these historic shipwrecks. Remote sensing techniques, such as sub-bottom profiling and sidescan sonar, have been used to locate, re-locate, and identify shipwrecks. Direct survey methods, such as snorkeling and SCUBA diving were also used to verify the condition of the shipwrecks for archaeological documentation and management considerations. The project has developed a management plan focused on conservation and preservation of these resources that allow for current and future public uses while recommending ways to minimize or eliminate impacts to the resources.
Notes from the field: Day 31
Diving day with volunteers. We packed a lot in because of the 4-8 foot waves expected this afternoon. We made a dive to the Muskegon and to verify some targets. Although visibility was only 1-2 feet, there were pieces of wreckage at the targets. Still…very, very cool. Done with fieldwork: onto public outreach and involvement. We are planning a presentation and a wreck dive for Lake Michigan Coastal Awareness month in September. If you are a diver and interested in diving an Indiana historic shipwreck contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes from the field: Day 30
Dr. Seuss says – “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” We were out really early today – much calmer “seas” than yesterday. We revisited some target points from last month. One particular area is puzzling. Do we have more than one site or a site with multiple pieces of wreckage? Further research necessary… But lots accomplished today. Busy weekend with the “in-water” boat show at Michigan City