Museum Announces Spring Shipwreck Archaeology Workshop

Posted Mar 28th, 2017 by Carrie Sowden  Category: Education


Toledo: On April 29-30, 2017, the National Museum of the Great Lakes and the Maritime Archaeology Survey Team will hold its annual training workshop at the museum in Toledo. Carrie Sowden, Archaeological Director for the museum stated “the workshop is open to anyone with a passion for archaeology, shipwrecks or the history of the Great Lakes.”

The weekend workshop includes one day of classroom work which includes guest speakers on such topics as Ship Terms, Laws and Ethics, Research, Survey Tools, and Trilateration (the technique we use to measure shipwrecks). The second day lets participants test the survey skills aboard the Col. James M. Schoonmaker docked at the museum. May 20 or 21, participants spend a day at the White Star Quarry testing their skills underwater.

During the summer, participants are invited to participate in the survey of a Lake Erie Shipwreck. Although the most common participant is a recreational diver, Sowden is quick to point out that there are dozens of activities for the non-diver. Over the past fourteen years, over 350 people have enrolled in the workshop at the basic or advanced levels.

This year, the summer survey on Lake Erie will continue last year’s work of surveying the wreck of the Admiral, lost in 1942 in Lake Erie after leaving Toledo towing the Clevco, a fuel oil barge. The Admiral was lost with all hands off Avon Lake, Ohio on its journey from Toledo to Cleveland on December 2, 1942. The Admiral was a regular visitor to Toledo involved in the fuel trade so common in that day.

There are two levels of training: Basic and Advanced. The Basic class is open to anyone who is interested in shipwreck archaeology and is over 16 years of age. The Advanced class is open to people that have previously taken the basic class. Details about the levels of training can be found at

Registration for the workshop is $170 for either level and includes one ticket to the MAST annual dinner that will be held on April 29 at the SeaGate Center in Toledo, Ohio.

As part of the training weekend, MAST will be holding their annual meeting, dinner, and program. This is open to everyone! This year we will be hosting Wayne Lusardi, Michigan State Underwater Archaeologist, who will be speaking about his work in Lake Huron on airplanes. More information about his presentation can be found here:

New this year: We have online registration through Eventbrite! You can do that here.

Program Specifics:

What: NMGL/MAST Archaeology Workshop
When: April 29-30 2017
Where: National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street Toledo Ohio.
Fees: $170 per person includes workshop fee, continental breakfast (2) lunch (2) and Saturday Dinner. (It does not include any fees associated with White Star Quarry)

Contact information: Carrie Sowden or 419-214-5000 x 201

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