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
Notes from the field: Day 29
Needless to say – a little windy on the Lake today. We did some onshore survey and worked on getting all the electronic data in order. Saturday will be our make-up day for the winds today.
Notes from the field: Day 28
We did a snorkel survey of one site this morning. The morning’s site was very cool: A Shipwreck with a complete rudder, propeller, and machinery. It was our back up plan because far offshore was a little rough. We conducted more survey in the afternoon. Waves got up to 4 feet, so getting back into harbor was quite the roller coaster ride! Thanks to Mr. Banks (CMS Marine) for fixing the electrical that was shaken loose from the rough trip back.
Notes from the field: Day 27
We’re back on the water (with our back-up to the back-up to the back-up…..). Surprise! We went to revisit an area near to where we had previously surveyed and did re-locate one of the wrecks from 20+ years ago. It does appear to be buried by sand (very buried actually). This is great from a preservation perspective. We hope to dive soon to verify!
We were also able to do some additional survey before being chased off the lake again. Right now there is a small craft advisory (with 6 foot waves, I would hope so!). So, we are working in the lab/field house getting all our electronic data in order. Windy/lightening days are actually very helpful because we can keep up to date with notes and lab work.