Posts Tagged ‘Great Lakes’


United By Water: Exploring American History through the Shipwrecks and Maritime Landscapes of the Great Lakes

February 16, 2011

Funded NEH Opportunity at Thunder Bay for July 2011.


Many people in the marine archaeology/maritime heritage community teach—often this is a part-time element in our frequently complicated and unconventional careers.  For those who have teaching and academic service connections to community colleges, the National Endowment for the Humanities has funded a unique opportunity to integrate underwater archaeology, maritime heritage, and associated fields into the college classroom.

Developed in partnership with the Alpena Community College, the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the Sea Education Association, United By Water: Exploring American History through the Shipwrecks and Maritime Landscapes of the Great Lakes consists of a focused week-long workshop that covers a wide range of hands on and scholarly activities all geared toward integrating maritime historical perspectives into community college courses.  Two sessions are offered during the last two weeks of July 2011.   Successful applicants will receive a $1200 stipend to help defray expenses.  Local housing is available at quite reasonable rates.

For those interested in the intersections between education, heritage, and archaeology, this workshop offers an opportunity to engage with shipwrecks and cutting-edge interpretive resources and programs at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

The attached flyer describes the program and application process in more detail.   The March 1 deadline is approaching quickly! (download the PDF )

For additional information please visit our the project website at or contact either of the Co-directors:  Cathy Green, email or Dr. John Jensen, email


CLUE Discovers Two Well Preserved Shipwrecks in Lake Erie in 2008

February 11, 2009

CLUE 2008 ReviewThe Cleveland Underwater Explorers (CLUE) submitted a post on two shipwrecks they discovered in Lake Erie in 2008, the three-masted schooner Riverside, located in 75 feet of water, and a wreck they are calling the “Buried Schooner” in 70 feet of water. Their post contains sidescan images, site sketches, and a photograph of these well preserved 19th century wrecks as well as a review of CLUE’s activities over the past year. You can view their write-up by clicking on the CLUE link on our home page here:


Sidescan Sonar Technology Helps Researchers Locate 1837 Shipwreck in Lake Erie

May 14, 2008

The Cleveland Underwater Explorers (CLUE) have posted sidescan sonar images they used to find the historic shipwreck of the steamship Anthony Wayne in 50 feet of water in Lake Erie. CLUE had a busy year and has posted about their discoveries. You’ll find a link to their page under the NEW Entries section at the top of the MUA Home Page.


The popular World War Two Saipan Beach Invasion Project Journal is almost complete. View the most recent entries with underwater video and photos of submerged landing craft, tanks, sub chasers, and air planes here:

Want to contribute?

The MUA is seeking exhibits editors for Europe, South America, and Africa. If you’re in touch with underwater archaeologists in those areas and would like to help them share their research with the public and numerous schools online send us an email.


New Discoveries and a New Entry for the Lake Ontario Maritime Cultural Landscape Journal

February 26, 2008


Texas A&M PhD student Ben Ford reports in his latest journal entry that last summers work on Lake Ontario identified 21 sites, the vast majority of which were not previously recorded. These sites ranged from the Middle Archaic Period (at least 5000 years ago) to the late 19th century. Ben is now gearing up for the upcoming season. Check out his latest entry here:

Call for MUA volunteers:
The MUA is currently looking for volunteers interested in expanding our coverage of underwater projects from around the world. We are looking for project coordinators for Africa, South America, and Europe. If you’re interested in working with us to help underwater archaeologists bring their projects (and your own) to the public’s attention please contact us at:

We are also looking for educators that are interested in helping us continue to develop our education kits and programs. Interested individuals can contact us at

Best regards,

T Kurt Knoerl