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2012 Presenters 

 

The Battle for the Great Lakes: How the War of 1812 Fractured the Unity of the Great Lakes Basin, Destroyed One Nation, and Created Two Others – Professor Theodore Karamanski 

This illustrated lecture will assess the War of 1812 as part of a sixty-year long struggle between Europeans, European-Americans, and Native Peoples for control of the Great Lakes. The American defeats at Detroit and Queenstown Heights laid a foundation for the emergence of the modern nation of Canada. The American victories on Lake Erie and at the Thames reasserted the republic's ability to resist the power of the British Empire but also had the effect of destroying a nascent cross-border First Nations effort to create an independent native nation in the heart of North America. The modern Great Lakes basin divided as it is between two nations, eight states, two provinces, and a variety of semi-sovereign native communities was the result of the war and has been an environmental management nightmare ever since. 

Theodore J. Karamanski is Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago. He is author of seven books on Midwestern history including Schooner Passage: Sailing Ships and the Lake Michigan Frontier (2000), Maritime Chicago (2002), and North Woods River: The St. Croix in Upper Midwest History (2009).

   

Ships and Ship Carving of the 1812 Era: A View in Miniature From Both Sides – Glenn Braun 

Glenn will show examples, and discuss the history and techniques relative to researching and creating ship models, miniature figureheads, and shipboard decorative work of the time period.

Glenn has been building ship models for almost fifty years and his works have been on exhibit at several maritime museums. Visit him in the exhibit hall where he will demonstrate various aspects of the ship model builders art, including ships-in-the-bottle, and other current projects.

  

Of Rivers and Lakes: Lesser Known Battles of the War of 1812 – Ralph Frese 

An illustrated lecture about maritime battles on the lakes and rivers during the War of 1812 by Ralph Frese.

Popularly known as “Mr. Canoe,” Ralph has paddled the same waterways that carried the canoes of Native Americans, explorers, and the founders of Chicago for more than a half a century. He has devoted his life to keeping rivers and lakes clean for all to enjoy and educating people about the importance of waterway conservation. Over the last 60 years, Ralph’s outstanding accomplishments have included founding the Chicagoland Canoe Base (his business where he builds handcrafted canoes and practices as a fourth generation blacksmith), teaching local Boy Scout troops how to build their own canoes, helping the Cook County Clean Streams Committee transform Chicago Rivers, organizing the annual Des Plaines River Canoe Marathon (now in its 53rd year) to help draw attention to the scenic Des Plaines River as a valuable resource to preserve, and serving as a charter member and the current vice-president of the Chicago Maritime Society. In 2010 he was the recipient of the National Rivers Hall of Fame Achievement Award. He was the first recipient of the American Canoe Association’s “Legends of Paddling” award in 1994, inducted into the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame in 2006, and has received awards from the Cook County Board of Commissioners the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Bureau of the Interior, to name just a few. And recently, a stretch of the wooded upper Chicago River has been declared the “Ralph Frese Canoe Trail.”

   

Captain William Bainbridge – Hero, Victim or Con Man? – Nicholas Ivor Martin 

William Bainbridge is remembered today as one of the early heroes of the War of 1812 because of his defeat of HMS Java while in command of the USS Constitution. But his career is more checkered than a Stephen Decatur or even a Lord Cochrane. As a lieutenant ordered to take command of a schooner in the West Indies, Bainbridge lost his ship through questionable judgment -- only to redeem himself by some quick thinking after being taken prisoner. While delivering tribute money to Algiers, Bainbridge foolishly put his ship at the mercy of the Dey -- yet ultimately turned a humiliating insult to the American flag into a diplomatic coup. Finally, it was Bainbridge's command to abandon the USS Philadelphia off the coast of Tripoli -- and his botched attempt to scuttle her -- that led to her capture (and set the stage for the night expedition that made Stephen Decatur famous). Yet nine years later when war broke out with England, it was Bainbridge who was given command of the USS Constitution, pride of the American Navy. Ignored when he should have been promoted and lauded when he should have been censured, Bainbridge is a study in the complexities of war and diplomacy before the modern era, a Hornblower and anti-Hornblower rolled into one.

Nicholas Ivor Martin is a published author and speaker primarily in the field of opera. He is Director of Operations at Lyric Opera of Chicago, but is also an enthusiastic amateur sailboat racer and naval historian with a particular affinity for the age of fighting sail.

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War on the Water – Schooner Windy Players 

The War of 1812 was a pivotal war in American history yet it's largely overshadowed by the American Revolution and Civil War. Come here the untold story of the Great Lakes involvement in this conflict from the unique perspective of an American surgeon on Oliver Perry's Flagship! Actors from the Tall Ship Windy bring history to life in the staged show. Cast members include Bohr Hoff and Bill Daniel; directed by Orion Couling.

  

CMS: A Founder's Recollection of the Early Years – Phil Elmes

Philip Elmes, President Emeritus of the Chicago Maritime Society, will recount the major events and players that led to the founding of the historical society (August 1982) and establishment of the Chicago Maritime Museum at Chicago's North Pier Terminal. Mr. Elmes, a dynamic speaker and historian, last presented at CMF in 2007.

Great Lakes Schooners: A Preview – Eric Forsberg 

Travel back in time and see the great lake schooners during the 1800s. Eric will discuss the historical background, research, and techniques regarding his paintings that depict schooners. Some of the painting shown will be part of a one man show Eric will have at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum (Manitowoc, WI) that will run for 7 months from June 3 thru December 31,2012

Eric is one of Chicago's very own established artists. He grew up with a passion for art and attended the American Academy of Art. He studied with the famous Charles Vickery for a period of 10 years and also received guidance from Thomas Hoyne III. To further Eric's understanding of the relationship and rules between sky and water, he took to the sea working on lobster boats, fishing trawlers, tall ships, and sailed the Great Lakes allowing him to paint water with great conviction and knowledge.

His passion and excitement for historical and modern day ships is evident as their stories unfold on his canvas. Whether in the Great Lakes, the Indiana Dunes or out at sea -- Eric captures the moment!

  

Naval Architecture and Engineering – Mark Mitchell

The structural and technological evolution of the sea-going vessel across the millennia. 

The Romans built the greatest navy in the ancient world by copying a wrecked Carthaginian trireme and teaching their sailors how to row on dry land. The Byzantines were the first to use crude oil on their ships, but not for propulsion. The Norse reached America with their snekkja and sunstone 500 years before the Spanish with their carraca and compass. In the initial two decades of the 20th Century, an Irishman engineered the first submarine for the American navy, British engineers built the most powerful warships of all time, the dreadnaughts, of which the German version was sunk by an American pilot with nothing more than a one-man biplane and a single bomb. Throughout history, the boat has developed into shapes both marvelous and menacing as humans have endeavored to master travel over, under, and through the waves. Trace the structural evolution and scientific innovations of the world’s most important vessels from the Greek fast attack dromon of Constantinople to the Russian ballistic missile akula of Severomorsk.

An expert in maritime history and admiralty law, Mark Mitchell directs the Chicago Yacht Club Foundation’s Maritime Education Program, which aims to increase knowledge of and appreciation for the nautical arts in the Chicagoland community and beyond. When he is not giving presentations on naval science or writing about the history of life at sea, Mitchell is General Counsel for Team Rubicon USA, an international disaster response and veterans service organization.

  

Pacific Dances and Voyaging Chants – Lanialoha Lee (See featured performers) 

In Pacific Cultures, chants held the key to navigation. Ms. Lee will demonstrate chants and give beginning instruction for dances from the Hawaiian culture.

  

Traverse City Lighthouse Shipwrecks: The Chicago Connection – Stef Staley 

There are six ships that have wrecked near the Grand Traverse Lighthouse at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula in northern Lake Michigan. Staley will share her ongoing research of the Grand Traverse Lighthouse shipwrecks, their nature, their stories, and their connection to Chicago and its history.

Stefanie is the Executive Director of the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum in Northport, Michigan and has been for the past twelve years. She recently completed her Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation at Eastern Michigan University. She is currently working with the newly formed Grand Traverse Bay Underwater Preserve to locate and document the Grand Traverse Lighthouse shipwrecks.

The Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and restoring the Grand Traverse Lighthouse and its surrounding property. In addition, the Museum provides educational opportunities that enhance the understanding of the area’s maritime history.

  

The Long-Lost Life of James Sears Dunham – Thomas J. Lutz 

Thomas J. Lutz will present an overview of the life of James Sears Dunham, the great, but now totally forgotten, 19th century Chicago maritime leader beginning in 1854, when he brought one of the first early tugs to Chicago until Dunham’s death in 1901. Dunham delved into and led every major maritime issue that confronted Chicago and the Chicago River. He was instrumental in the development of one of the first tug fleets in Chicago, and lobbied hard, but unsuccessfully, for adequate riverfront fire protection well before the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, as well as for the reversal of the Chicago River, and the prudent management of the Chicago downtown bridges. But his biggest issues came, while building a national reputation, when he fought battles over planning for the great 1893 World's Fair, when he made a joint effort that created the great Sanitary & Ship Canal, and when he waged war for over a decade with Charles Tyson Yerkes, the father of the “L” system.

Lutz, a former historic preservation professional is the author of Shaping Chicago: James S. Dunham’s Crusade for the River.

 

Shipwreck Tales of Chicago – Joan Forsberg

Chicago, the largest city on the Great Lakes, owes its existence to sailors and ships. The city’s massive maritime history includes several hundred shipwrecks, such as the David Dows (the largest sailing ship ever built on the Great Lakes), the speakeasy ship named the Rotarian (scuttled in 1931), the Great Lakes’ two most tragic disasters (the steamers Eastland and Lady Elgin), and the three ships purposely sunk off Chicago in the past decade to create new scuba dive sites (the Holly barge, The Straits of Mackinac, and the Buccaneer), plus many others.

Joan Forsberg is a well-known maritime historian, scuba diver, author, lecturer, and videographer, and, with her husband Cris Kohl, forms a Chicago-area husband-and-wife team who love to explore shipwrecks, particularly those in the Great Lakes. They are underwater archaeologists certified by Great Britain’s Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS). 

Joan has a degree in History and has been the Chairman of the Shipwrecks and our Maritime Heritage Room at Chicago’s Our World – Underwater Show since 1996. She is the author of the scuba celebrity cook-and-tell book, Diver’s Guide to the Kitchen, and articles in magazines such as Immersed, Great Lakes Boating, and Wreck Diving (for which she works as Copy Editor). Joan appears behind the camera shooting underwater video, and in front of the camera as Cris’ underwater model. She has been President of Seawolf Communications, Inc., a maritime books publishing company, since 1998. During her three terms as the President of the Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago, she worked on several significant maritime history projects for that group, including the sinking of the Buccaneer, creating Lake Michigan’s newest scuba dive site.

She and her husband have authored or co-authored a total of thirteen books, and produced nine commercial DVDs, with more books and DVDs in production. Their most recent publication was the book “Our World – Underwater, The First 40 Years,” a history of the largest scuba dive show in the Great Lakes region, held annually at Chicago. 

Joan was inducted into the International Women Divers Hall of Fame in 2010, and in 2011 was elected to the Board of Trustees of that organization. She was also the 2011 recipient of the Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago Award for “many years of leadership and dedication.”

  

Diving and Underwater Surveying On a Budget, Using Small Private Boats and GPS/Sonar Units – John T. Bell 

So you own a small motor boat and you want to go diving – Now what? This presentation will discuss how to do it safely and efficiently, including discussions of how to modify and equip your small boat for safe diving and important procedures for diving off a small boat. Also included will be techniques for conducting underwater archaeological surveys off a small boat, using consumer-affordable sidescan sonar units and other surveying techniques and equipment.

John Bell has been diving since 1990 and conducting amateur underwater archaeology since 2004. An officer of the Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago, UASC, John will soon complete part II of the Nautical Archaeology Society program in Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology. John owns a small personal dive boat, the Diving Belle, from which he conducts sidescan sonar and underwater surveys of wreck sites in southern Lake Michigan. Professionally, Dr. Bell teaches Computer Science at UIC.

  

Diveheart: No Limits – Dawn Engler 

Diveheart has worked with the Chicago Park District Rehab Institute of Chicago, the Center for Rehabilitation and Education at Chicago State University, Oaklawn Community with Special Needs, SEASPAR (Southeast Association of Special Parks and Recreation), Naval Station Great Lakes-Hines, Jessie Brown Veteran Hospitals, the armed services coast to coast, and adaptive sports groups nationwide. The purpose of Diveheart is to provide and support educational SCUBA diving and snorkeling experience program that are open to any child, adult, or veteran with a disability with the hope of providing both physical and psychological therapeutic value to that person.

It is the “CAN DO” spirit that Diveheart hopes to instill in all its participants by giving then the confidence and independence that allows them to face their own life challenges and overcome barriers that before might have seemed insurmountable. Through SCUBA diving, the Foundation supports and facilitates programs that teach children and adults with disabilities to fly -- thanks to the wonder of the water column, the oceans and lakes of the world become the forgiving weightless environment of outer space, providing perfect buoyancy to a child or adult who would otherwise struggle on land.

  

History Over the Horizon X – Kris Habermehl 

Join award winning Chicago radio and television reporter Kris Habermehl for the story of Great Lakes shipping in the Chicago and Calumet area as seen from the air. Ride along with WBBM's famous traffic helicopter, "Chopper 780," as it provides a spectacular place to view examples of Chicago's maritime history just "over the horizon." Rare historic footage is also included. Kris is a lifelong Chicagoan who has been flying since the mid 70's. An early interest in aviation combined with a penchant for local history (especially maritime history) has enabled him to make stories come alive from his post aboard "Chopper 780." He has been on the air since 1992 when he joined Shadow Traffic. Reporting on traffic tie-ups and breaking news led to stints at several Chicago radio stations and also to his longtime assignment with sister station, WBBM-TV (CBS2). Recipient of a regional Emmy for his television reporting, Kris is also the color commentator for WBBM's annual coverage of the Chicago Air & Water Show.

  

Future Underwater Shipwreck Detectives – Eugene Hasiak

This seminar is a survey of programs that encourage and help to develop future underwater detectives. It will begin by showing some of the possibilities through excerpts from the program Underwater Detectives and continue with an overview of what to expect in a SCUBA class and first dive. Information about learning advanced techniques in underwater archeology will also be given.

Eugene has been a member of the Underwater Archeological Society of Chicago for the past 18 years, is an ambassador as well as buddy diver for Diveheart, and has presented at conferences, schools, and festivals throughout the Midwest.

  

Chicago Portage – Jeff Carter and Gary Mechanic

The Friends of the Chicago Portage will present its new documentary video Connecting Worlds, The Story of the Chicago Portage which explores the past and present of the Chicago Portage, the vital trade link that resulted in the creation of our great metropolitan area.

Jeff Carter, President of Friends of the Chicago Portage, will begin the presentation with a brief history of the Portage followed by the DVD documentary. Gary Mechanic, who founded the organization in 2001 and is the Steward of Portage Woods Forest Preserve, will conclude the presentation by describing how the Chicago Portage is still alive and driving the economic engine of Chicago today.

The Friends is a volunteer not for profit organization that presents free public tours of the Chicago Portage National Historic Site Spring through Fall and conducts monthly work days throughout the year in Portage Woods Forest Preserve.

Friends of the Chicago Portage promotes the historic interpretation, ecological restoration and appropriate development of the Chicago Portage National Historic Site through volunteer advocacy, public events and other projects that raise public awareness of its history and significance. More at www.chicagoportage.org

Weather for Sailors 2012 – Amy Seeley 

Mariners and landlubbers alike will learn much about what goes into a weather forecast. Amy is the Port Meteorological Officer of the Great Lakes and has been with the National Weather Service for 16 years. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in meteorology in 1992 and has received an NWS award for her presentations at the Chicago Maritime Festival.

  

Hands-On Safety 2012 – Jay Crissey 

Jay Crissey has spent much of his professional life teaching survival skills to charter boat operators in the Great Lakes to commercial fishermen in Alaska. Jay will present some of the things everyone should consider when venturing out on the water. His seminar will feature preparation, techniques, and actual survival gear including an 8-man life raft that will be opened on site. Jay works around the world and at Parker Sales in Chicago, a Mecca for the professional mariner.

Maritime Careers - Larry Dostal, Warren Marwadel, Jerrold Lewis 

Learn about the many career opportunities in the maritime industry and the various educational and professionals paths available: on land or at sea; above deck or below; officer, mate or crew; merchant marine or military: passenger, towing, freighter or service vessels; federal academy, state academy, or hawsepipe; young or old; the hard way, the easy way (there is no easy way), or no way. A maritime life is not for everyone but, for the right person, it can be exciting and rewarding career. 

This is a joint presentation by: Larry Dostal, Past President - International Ship Masters’ Association and Captain at Shoreline Sightseeing; Warren Marwadel, Graduate - U. S. Merchant Marine Academy, Officer – Vietnam Sealift, President - Marine Navigation and Training Association, Captain - Sea Cadet training vessel T/V MANATRA, a former naval training craft now stationed in Chicago and Partner in the law firm of Marwedel, Minichello & Reeg, P.C. specializing in admiralty, transportation and commercial law; Jerrold Lewis, Retired - U.S Navy and Information Officer - U.S. Naval Academy and U.S Merchant Marine Academy. 

The Chicago Maritime Museum* Resource Center 

Find out about the new and exciting renovation of the CMM Resource Center as well as recent acquisitions and the new lecture series. Learn the benefits of being a member and how you can take an active part in the preservation of our Chicago and Great Lakes Maritime Heritage.

*Formerly known as the Chicago Maritime Society.

 
 

How to Be an Underwater Detective - The Underwater Archeological Society of Chicago For Kids and Adults

Learn about a schooner, its parts, and why these tall ships were important in Chicago's history. See and learn about scuba diving equipment used to be a shipwreck detective and how they find shipwrecks around the Great Lakes and the ocean. Then try to draw the shipwreck like an underwater archaeologist!

  

The Art of Knots – John DeWilde & JP Honeywell (Exhibit & Demonstration) 

Join John and JP at their amazing display of bell ropes, mats, and Turk's heads made of traditional and modern material. Most of the pieces have been created recently and have not been displayed at the festival in any previous year. Learn about Marlinespike seamanship, functional knotting, and decorative knotting.

John DeWilde is a current board member of the International Guild of Knot Tyers – North American Branch. JP Honeywell is a member of Knot Heads World Wide.

  

Make Your Own Monkey's Fist Key Chain 

Learn how to make your own monkey's fist key chain from members of Sea Scout Ship 5111 and take it home with you. All materials are provided.

Model Boat Building For Kids 

Design and built your own model boat – from motor vessel to tall ship – it’s up to you. Take your model home. All materials provided.


Bawdy Sea Songs 

Featured performers and special guests will perform totally uncensored shanties and sea songs. No one under 18 will be admitted. 

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2011 Presenters

 

Illinois Young Writers/Arts Across the Waters – Tom Leonard

This past summer, as part of the Great Lakes Stories Afloat Festival, a program of the Great Lakes Young Writers, 80 Chicago area young writers experienced sailing aboard the schooner Windy, a writing workshop, and a Great Lakes essay competition. The winner of this competition will receive the first “Great Lakes Young Writer of the Year Award” at the 2011 Chicago Maritime Festival.

Individuals representing such institutions as Great Lakes Young Writers, Michigan Council of Teachers of English, Discovery World, Canadian Heritage, and Niagara University began developing Arts Across the Water (AAW) in 2010. Over its two-year mission, AAW’s cross border and cross cultural focus looks to the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 as a means to expand the creative horizons of Canadian, First Nation, and U.S. youth by putting them in touch, both digitally and personally, with vast number of cultural arts and humanity-based resources, adult mentors, and young artists from throughout the Great Lakes. AAW’s history and language arts working groups are currently developing K-12 curriculum which focuses on the cultural life (the music, ceremonies, dance, folktales, etc.) of Native and Frontier peoples living in the Great Lakes regions during the early 19th century. To stay abreast of AAW’s ongoing activities, contact AAW’s project director, Tom Leonard at
glyoungwriters@yahoo.com.

 

Native Shore: Indian Life and Lake Michigan – Dr. Ted Karamanski 

Lake Michigan figured prominently in the life and lore of the Odawa and Ojibwa Indians of Michigan. Through images and stories this presentation addresses the role the Lake played in their traditional life and how Indian people have adapted to the changing ecology of the region.

Theodore J. Karamanski is Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago. He is author of seven books on Midwestern history including Schooner Passage: Sailing Ships and the Lake Michigan Frontier (2000), Maritime Chicago (2002), and North Woods River: The St. Croix in Upper Midwest History (2009).

 

The 1893 Viking Ship - Lorraine Straw 

The Friends of the Viking Ship, incorporated in 2008, was formed to facilitate the preservation of the 1893 Viking Ship as an important artifact from the World's Columbian Exposition and to advocate its display in a permanent museum setting.

Built in Sandefjord, Norway in 1892, this exact replica of the famous Gokstad, sailed to New York and on to the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago via the Erie Canal and Great Lakes.

The presentation is fact-filled and image-rich. You'll learn how the Viking ship was constructed, what a unique journey it made, and where it is today. You're sure to enjoy this fascinating look at an historic ship!

Tall Ship Down, Passion Up: Thoughts about the Sinking of Barkentine Concordia

Wojtek (Voytec) Wacowski is the former Chief Mate of the recently sunken Canadian tall ship Concordia. He spent almost six years aboard her and logged over 100,000 nautical miles while in service of Class Afloat --arguably the most successful tall ship based youth educational program in the World. Wojtek will present the ship’s history, comment the circumstances of her loss, and talk about what can be learned from the incident. 

Wojtek is a Polish tall ship sailor “stranded” in New Haven -- one of the last immigrants to America who actually came here on a tall ship - it was the Concordia. As a marine photographer, he combines the in-depth nautical knowledge of an ex-professional sailor with the ability to capture various seascapes and share the romance of sea. He currently works as a freelance nautical photographer and Web media producer based in New Haven, CT, specializing in obtaining fresh perspectives on tall ships and the maritime industry. His original works have been exhibited internationally and have also appeared in books, calendars, magazines, posters, and promotional brochures for sailing ships.

 

No Limits – Eugene Hasiak, UASC

This seminar will be a short report on the 2010 Diveheart achievements in conjunction with the Underwater Archeological Society of Chicago (USAC). Diveheart is a national organization that works to provide education in SCUBA to adults, including veterans of the armed services, as well as children. Eugene, 15-year member of UASC, has been a dive buddy and acted as a liaison between the two groups for the past two years. See the wonders! 

Diveheart has worked with the Chicago Park District Rehab Institute of Chicago, the Center for Rehabilitation and Education at Chicago State University, Oaklawn Community with Special Needs, SEASPAR (Southeast Association of Special Parks and Recreation), Naval Station Great Lakes-Hines, Jessie Brown Veteran Hospitals, the armed services coast to coast, and adaptive sports groups nationwide. 

The purpose of Diveheart is to provide and support educational SCUBA diving and snorkeling experience program that are open to any child, adult, or veteran with a disability with the hope of providing both physical and psychological therapeutic value to that person. 

It is the “CAN DO” spirit that Diveheart hopes to instill in all its participants by giving then the confidence and independence that allows them to face their own life challenges and overcome barriers that before might have seemed insurmountable. Through SCUBA diving, the Foundation supports and facilitates programs that teach children and adults with disabilities to fly -- thanks to the wonder of the water column, the oceans and lakes of the world become the forgiving weightless environment of outer space, providing perfect buoyancy to a child or adult who would otherwise struggle on land.

 

History Over the Horizon IX – Kris Habermehl 

Join award winning Chicago radio and television reporter Kris Habermehl for the story of Great Lakes shipping in the Chicago and Calumet area as seen from the air. Ride along with WBBM's famous traffic helicopter, "Chopper 780," as it provides a spectacular place to view examples of Chicago's maritime history just "over the horizon." Rare historic footage is also included. Kris is a lifelong Chicagoan who has been flying since the mid 70's. An early interest in aviation combined with a penchant for local history (especially maritime history) has enabled him to make stories come alive from his post aboard "Chopper 780." He has been on the air since 1992 when he joined Shadow Traffic. Reporting on traffic tie-ups and breaking news led to stints at several Chicago radio stations and also to his longtime assignment with sister station, WBBM-TV (CBS2). Recipient of a regional Emmy for his television reporting, Kris is also the color commentator for WBBM's annual coverage of the Chicago Air & Water Show.

 

Fin Del Mundo: End of the Earth – Susan and Pete Mathews 

Join Susan and Pete Mathews for a slide show and talk about their trip to Antarctica. Starting at Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world, sail with them aboard the ice breaker Polar Star down the Beagle Channel, across the Drake Passage, down the Antarctic Peninsula to the Antarctic Circle and beyond. The program will include images of “the last great wilderness in the world” with its commanding mountains, extensive glaciers, and up close and personal views of the wildlife for which the area is famous. They will be discussing some of the early exploration, sealing and whaling history of the region as well as visiting some of the current scientific research stations in the area. The trip included the South Shetland Islands and Deception Island with its world famous bathing beach at Whaler Bay in Port Foster. From there to perhaps the most famous landfall in the world, Cape Horn, before reentering the Beagle Channel.

 

From Crib to Grave – Tony Kiefer 

On January 20, 1909 as many as 100 men died in a mysterious fire that spread quickly through the wooden structure where they lived while toiling around the clock digging a tunnel under Lake Michigan that would convey Chicago's drinking water from the new 68th Street Crib to the filtration plant on shore. This program describes the dangerous, exhausting work that was performed there, the unsafe living conditions inside their temporary structure, and the details of the tragic fire and investigation that followed. Tony is a member and past officer of the Underwater Archeological Society of Chicago.

 

Modern Day Exploration of the Great Lakes in Birchbark Canoes – Ralph Frese 

Join Ralph for a modern day exploration of the Great Lakes region in large bark canoes of the fur trade. Travel from the Lakes Michigan, Huron, and Superior to the Mississippi River. Discover the scenic treasures and history of our Midwest.

Popularly known as “Mr. Canoe,” Ralph Frese has paddled the same waterways that carried the canoes of Native Americans, explorers, and the founders of Chicago for more than a half a century. He has devoted his life to keeping rivers and lakes clean for all to enjoy and educating people about the importance of waterway conservation. Over the last 60 years, Ralph’s outstanding accomplishments have included founding the Chicagoland Canoe Base (his business where he builds handcrafted canoes and practices as a fourth generation blacksmith), teaching local Boy Scout troops how to build their own canoes, helping the Cook County Clean Streams Committee transform Chicago Rivers, organizing the annual Desplaines River Canoe Marathon (now in its 53rd year) to help draw attention to the scenic Desplaines River as a valuable resource to preserve, and serving as a charter member and the current vice-president of the Chicago Maritime Society. In 2010 he was the recipient of the National Rivers Hall of Fame Achievement Award. He was the first recipient of the American Canoe Association’s “Legends of Paddling” award in 1994, inducted into the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame in 2006, and has received awards from the Cook County Board of Commissioners the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Bureau of the Interior, to name just a few. And recently, a stretch of the wooded upper Chicago River has been declared the “Ralph Frese Canoe Trail”.

 

Regulation Shanty Melodies: Variation in Oral Tradition – Dr. Bob Walser 

Using materials from the James Madison Carpenter collection Bob will reveal uncovered fascinating patterns in melodic variation in halyard shanties. This presentation sheds light both on the patterns themselves and their connection to the context of maritime work song. For more information about Dr. Walser. See the performers page.

 

Chicago Portage – Jeff Carter and Gary Mechanic 

The Friends of the Chicago Portage will present its new documentary video Connecting Worlds, The Story of the Chicago Portage which explores the past and present of the Chicago Portage, the vital trade link that resulted in the creation of our great metropolitan area.

Jeff Carter, President of Friends of the Chicago Portage, will begin the presentation with a brief history of the Portage followed by the DVD documentary. Gary Mechanic, who founded the organization in 2001 and is the Steward of Portage Woods Forest Preserve, will conclude the presentation by describing how the Chicago Portage is still alive and driving the economic engine of Chicago today. 

The Friends is a volunteer not for profit organization that presents free public tours of the Chicago Portage National Historic Site Spring through Fall and conducts monthly work days throughout the year in Portage Woods Forest Preserve.

Friends of the Chicago Portage promotes the historic interpretation, ecological restoration and appropriate development of the Chicago Portage National Historic Site through volunteer advocacy, public events and other projects that raise public awareness of its history and significance. More at www.chicagoportage.org

 

Dock Side Electronics – Bill Pete

Bill Pete will discuss RF health and safety, technical issues such as noise during transmission or reception, correction modulation, and antenna system malfunctions, and range for marine VHF-FM radios as well as licensing requirements.

 William Peterson the chief engineer holds several patents with Bell Labs – Lucent technologies in cellar telephone 850 MHz and PCS for CDMA and TDMA, drive test fixtures, and other support items, along with an extensive teaching of cellular technology back ground. He has also taught basic to advanced communications systems at De Vry University. He held an FCC First Class Radiotelephone with ship’s radar endorsement commercial license for many years. This class of FCC license has been replaced by the FCC General Radio Operates License also with a ship’s radar endorsement. He has support the commercial maritime industry for over 30 years. 

Dock Side Electronics, provides training in MROP (Marine Radio Operators Permit) and GLA Certification as well as shore side and aboard electronic support for VHF-FM and HF-SSB radio systems, all forms of on-board communications and entertainment systems, radar systems from tube based to the latest digital gyro compasses interfaced to auto-pilot systems.

 

15th Annual Leukemia Cup Regatta – Captain Larry Conlin 

Join Captain Larry Conlin for an overview of a sailing competition for a worthy cause. This 2011 Race will be held Saturday August 27; there will be an Awards Ceremony, music, and pig roast at the Columbia Yacht Club Docks. This huge event draws support from the entire maritime community; there were 89 entrants last year. The Red Sky Night is a party and silent auction held Friday, August 26th at the same location with music, spirits, food, auctions, raffles, and fellowship.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood Cancer research and providing education and patient services. The 15th Annual Leukemia Cup Regatta of Chicago Honors more than 823,000 Americans who are battling blood cancers. Last year the event raised over $300.00 from racers, donors, and at the Red Sky Night Party and Silent Auction. The Leukemia Cup Regatta's are held Nationally in most sailing Ports. The L.L.S. Illinois Chapter web-site is www.leukemiacup.or/il/

 

Model Boat Rigging and Beyond II – Glenn Braun 

Glenn Braun will continue his discussion on ship model building including some further remarks on hull construction in the light of his recent Griffon project. He will then move on to the topic of rigging, including tips and tricks. Particularly attention will be paid on how to get the novice builder over that hump between completion of the hull, starting the rigging, and sails.

Glenn has been building ship models for almost fifty years. He is currently working on a not too scholarly reconstruction of La Salle’s trading and exploration vessel Le Griffon for the Chicago Maritime Society. With any luck, it will be done or at least in a fairly presentable condition by the time of the Festival!

Visit him in the exhibit hall where he will demonstrate various aspects of the ship model builders art, including ships-in-the-bottle, and other current projects.

 

Pram Construction Display - Sea Scout Ship 2008 

Representatives of Sea Scout Ship 2008 will display and tell how they constructed their own pram!

 

Days of Sail and Steam – Eric Forsberg 

Travel back in time and see schooners and steamers along the Chicago river during the late 1900s. Eric will discuss the historical background, research, and techniques regarding his paintings that depict schooners and steamers at turn of the 20th Century.

Eric is one of Chicago's very own established artists. He grew up with a passion for art and attended the American Academy of Art. He studied with the famous Charles Vickery for a period of 10 years and also received guidance from Thomas Hoyne III. To further Eric's understanding of the relationship and rules between sky and water, he took to the sea working on lobster boats, fishing trawlers, tall ships and sailed the Great Lakes allowing him to paint water with great conviction and knowledge.

His passion and excitement for historical and modern day ships is evident as their stories unfold on his canvas. Whether in the Great Lakes, the Indiana Dunes or out at sea -- Eric captures the moment!

 

Weather for Sailors 2011 – Amy Seeley

 

Mariners and landlubbers alike will learn much about what goes into a weather forecast. Amy is the Port Meteorological Officer of the Great Lakes and has been with the National Weather Service for 16 years. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in meteorology in 1992 and has received an NWS award for her presentations at the Chicago Maritime Festival.

 

Hands-On Safety 2011 – Jay Crissey 

Jay Crissey has spent much of his professional life teaching survival skills to charter boat operators in the Great Lakes to commercial fishermen in Alaska. Jay will present some of the things everyone should consider when venturing out on the water. His seminar will feature preparation, techniques, and actual survival gear including an 8-man life raft that will be opened on site. Jay works around the world and at Parker Sales in Chicago, a Mecca for the professional mariner.

 

Invasive Species Research and Education Aboard the School Ship Inland Seas – Tom Kelly 

Each year the school ship, Inland Seas, hosts students and teachers for short duration (2 - 3 days) but intensive research-based programs focused on invasive species problems in the Great Lakes. These classes include an overview of the impacts of aquatic invasive species on the ecosystem but the majority of the time is spent collecting and analyzing field data aboard the Inland Seas Education Associations 77' schooner. Students live aboard the vessel during their trip. At the end of their session, students present their research results in a public PowerPoint presentation. Findings from recent Inland Seas programs will be presented and discussed. 

Tom began sailing at age 14 on White Lake, Michigan. He became familiar with water pollution problems from his sailing experiences on White Lake and nearby Lake Michigan. Tom studied conservation and resource planning as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, and received a Master of Science degree in Fisheries Biology from the University of Michigan in 1972.

After college Tom worked for the University of Michigan as a limnologist on the Great Lakes and inland lakes, and as a Sea Grant Marine Field Agent in Traverse City, Michigan. Tom left the University of Michigan in 1978 for a year of sailing on his ketch Cygnet. 

For the next ten years Tom did consulting work in fisheries and water quality. His clients included local governmental units, Tribal government, lake associations and private individuals. In November 1986 he sailed aboard the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater doing environmental education programs for students in the Hudson River valley. This experience led to the formation of the Inland Seas Education Association in 1989. 

Tom as been the Executive Director of ISEA since its founding and captain of ISEA’s flagship, the 77’ schooner Inland Seas, since its launching in 1994. Tom also makes time to sail with his wife Anne, and children Emma (16) and Graham (14) aboard Cygnet.

 

Thirteen Families West Across the Lakes – Kate Kendzy Gingold

When we think of pioneers, the picture that most of us conjure in our mind is a family in a covered wagon, but some of our earliest settlers arrived in Chicago via schooner across the Great Lakes. One famous settler, Joseph Naper, founder of Naperville, brought thirteen families aboard the Telegraph on his voyage to Fort Dearborn in 1831. Kate Gingold tells his story through the eyes of his niece in her book Ruth By Lake and Prairie. She will also share her research techniques and fascinating findings about some of our earliest settlers in this presentation.

Kate writes to share her love for history with younger readers as well as those who'd rather not open a big old dusty history book. She brings to life stories of the Illinois prairie settler, rich with details describing every-day existence in nineteenth century America. The Illinois State Historical Society calls her writing “a wonderful way to present history to young people.” A journalist, freelance writer, and Internet columnist, Gingold continues making local history accessible through school and community presentations, new books, her newsletter and her website, www.KateGingold.com.

 

The Chicago Maritime Museum* Resource Center  

Find out about the new and exciting renovation of the CMM Resource Center as well as recent acquisitions and the new lecture series. Learn the benefits of being a member and how you can take an active part in the preservation of our Chicago and Great Lakes Maritime Heritage.

*Formerly know as the Chicago Maritime Society.

 

Maritime Careers

Details to follow.

 

How to Be an Underwater Detective - The Underwater Archeological Society of Chicago For Kids and Adults 

Learn about a schooner, its parts, and why these tall ships were important in Chicago's history. See and learn about scuba diving equipment used to be a shipwreck detective and how they find shipwrecks around the Great Lakes and the ocean. Then try to draw the shipwreck like an underwater archaeologist!

 

The Art of Knots – John DeWilde & JP Honeywell (Exhibit & Demonstration) 

Join John and JP at their amazing display of bell ropes, mats, and turkheads made of traditional and modern material. Most of the pieces have been created recently and have not been displayed at the festival in any previous year. Learn about Marlinespike seamanship, functional knotting, and decorative knotting.

John DeWilde is a current board member of the International Guild of Knot Tyers – North American Branch. JP Honeywell is a member of Knot Heads World Wide.

 

Make Your Own Monkey Fist Key Chain – Sea Scout Ship 5111 

Learn how to make your own monkey fist key chain and take it home with you. All materials are provided.

 

Model Boat Building For Kids

Design and built your own model boat – from motor vessel to tall ship – it’s up to you. Take your model home. All materials provided.

Bawdy Sea Songs 

Featured performers and special guests will perform totally uncensored shanties and sea songs. No one under 18 will be admitted.  

2010 Presenters


Chicago’s Lesser Known Waterways - Ralph Frese

Travel with Ralph where few have dared to go – paddle along beautiful, historic, and sometimes hidden waterways with a master of the canoe.

We are happy to announce that Ralph C. Frese–blacksmith, canoe builder, lecturer, environmentalist, author and native Chicagoan — will receive the National Rivers Hall of Fame Achievement Award at the Chicago Maritime Festival, Feb. 27. Popularly known as “Mr. Canoe,” Ralph Frese has paddled the same waterways that carried the canoes of Native Americans, explorers, and the founders of Chicago for more than a half a century. He has devoted his life to keeping rivers and lakes clean for all to enjoy and educating people about the importance of waterway conservation. 

Over the last 60 years, Ralph’s outstanding accomplishments have included founding the Chicagoland Canoe Base (his business where he builds handcrafted canoes and practices as a fourth generation blacksmith), teaching local Boy Scout troops how to build their own canoes, helping the Cook County Clean Streams Committee transform Chicago Rivers, organizing the annual Desplaines River Canoe Marathon (now in its 53rd year) to help draw attention to the scenic Desplaines River as a valuable resource to preserve, and serving as a charter member and the current vice-president of the Chicago Maritime Society. 

He was the first recipient of the American Canoe Association’s “Legends of Paddling” award in 1994, inducted into the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame in 2006, and has received awards from the Cook County Board of Commissioners the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Bureau of the Interior, to name just a few. And recently, a stretch of the wooded upper Chicago River has been declared the “Ralph Frese Canoe Trail”. Today, Ralph continues as a champion for the conservation of Chicago Area rivers. 

Lighthouse Keeping - Ernie DeRaps 

Ernie DeRaps will talk about his experiences as a lighthouse keeper – how it was to work a lighthouse “stag” and as a family. He co-authored the book Lighthouse Keeping with his wife, Pauline DeRaps.

He was born in January of 1928 in Palmyra, Maine, was an Aerial Photographer in the U.S. Navy during the latter part of WW II, and later became part of the Navy Reserve. He joined the U. S. Coast Guard in October 1955 and was stationed for a short time in Rockland, Maine.

His first experience as a Lighthouse Keeper was at Mark Island Light Station in East Penobscot Bay as a relief keeper for 2 or 3 nights. He went from there to serve at a host of lighthouses including the Monhegan Island Lighthouse (August 1956-December 1957), at Fort Point with his wife (December 1957-October 1959), then, as Engineman-in-Charge, at the Heron Neck Light Station for 21 months – this was a “stag station” (men only). After that, he was transferred to Browns Head Lighthouse where he was Officer-in-Charge for 16 months.

Then it was off to at sea when he was transferred to the U. S. Coast Guard Weather Cutter service where he served as an Engineman on three different cutters for 39 months.

During his last assignment, he served over 29 months with Captain-of-the-Port at the South Portland Coast Guard Base and received an Honorable Discharge in July 1974, with a Good Conduct medal with 3 stars as a First Class Petty Officer. All in all, he has had a total of 28 ½ years Military Service.
 

The Viking Ship - Dave Nordine

The Friends of the Viking Ship, incorporated in 2008, was formed to facilitate the preservation of the 1893 Viking Ship as an important artifact from the World's Columbian Exposition and to advocate it's display in a permanent museum setting. Built at the Frammes shipyard in Sandefjord, Norway in 1892, the ship sailed to New York and on to the World's Fair via the Erie Canal. Join Dave for a fascinating look at an historic ship. 

Weather For Sailors: 2010 - Amy Seeley 

Mariners and landlubbers alike will learn much about what goes into a weather forecast. Amy is the Port Meteorological Officer of the Great Lakes and has been with the National Weather Service for 16 years. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in meteorology in 1992 and has received an NWS award for her presentations at the Chicago Maritime Festival. 

Explore Chicago’s Shipwrecks! - Cris Kohl and Joan Forsberg 

Chicago has a massive and exciting maritime history. So much maritime traffic flowed in and out of Chicago’s harbor that many shipwrecks lie nearby in Lake Michigan’s waters. Explore the huge schooner, the Wells Burt, lost with all hands in an 1883 gale, the tugboat Tacoma, sunk in 1929; the speakeasy ship named the Rotarian (with its colorful history), the uniquely designed motorized barge, the Material Service, sunk in 1936 with 15 lives lost, and The Straits of Mackinac, the 1928 ferry purposely sunk off Chicago in 2003 to create a new scuba dive site. 

Cris Kohl and Joan Forsberg, well-known maritime historians, scuba divers, authors, lecturers, photographers, and videographers, are a Chicago-area husband-and-wife team who love to explore shipwrecks, particularly those in the Great Lakes. They are underwater archaeologists certified by Great Britain’s Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS). 

Joan has a degree in History and has been the Chairman of the Shipwrecks and our Maritime Heritage Room at Chicago’s Our World – Underwater Show since 1996. She is the author of the scuba celebrity cook-and-tell book, Diver’s Guide to the Kitchen, and articles in magazines such as Immersed, Great Lakes Boating, and Wreck Diving (for which she works as Copy Editor). Joan appears behind the camera shooting underwater video, and in front of the camera as Cris’ underwater model. Re-elected to a third term as the President of the Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago, she is spearheading several significant maritime history projects for that group. In 2010, Joan was inducted into the International Women Divers Hall of Fame. 

Cris, a prize-winning underwater photographer with a Master’s Degree in History, is a Past President of the Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago and has written eleven books, including Shipwreck Tales of the Great Lakes (2004 Book of the Year Finalist) and more than 325 magazine and newsletter articles about Great Lakes shipwrecks. He has appeared on numerous television programs, including on the History Channel several times and on the Discovery Channel. He has helped locate and identify many shipwrecks. He is the 2008 recipient of the Our World—Underwater Achievement Award. His most recent book is the expanded Great Lakes Diving Guide, the most comprehensive book ever published about Great Lakes shipwrecks.

Co-authors of the recent book Shipwrecks at Death’s Door, Cris and Joan are currently working on another shipwreck book collaboration. 

Wrecks, the Positive Impact to Teens! - Kevin Vaughn 

Kevin Vaughn, founder of S.T.A.R.S. International, a not-for-profit organization, employs a broad education of the Ocean (shipwrecks, aquatic life, conservation) to entice at-risk teens to stay in-school, strive for better grades, and develop an interest in preservation, and continuing education. With a sponsorship from SDI, S.T.A.R.S. International provides struggling youth with the OPPORTUNITY for positive recognition and a chance to explore the depths of the Great Lakes and oceans. Giving teens this unique opportunity yields a chance for them to understand the importance of their history, as well as the need for their future protection. 

Kevin Vaughn is an avid Great Lakes boater, master scuba instructor (SDI/DAN/HSA/PADI), AT&T Global engineer, photographer, Illinois Scuba Council Vice President, and President of the Chicago Aquanauts. 

Repair It, Restore It or Leave It – Pete Mathews 

Pete Matthews will lecture and facilitate a discussion about collecting small watercraft, what to collect, what to do with your collection once you have it. Topics will include the differences between, "preserving", "repairing", "restoring", or "replicating" a boat. And how far should you go?

Although he is not a museum professional, Pete will approach this subject as a repairer/restorer of small boats with an emphasis on the historic aspects of preservation of historic artifacts vs. returning an older boat to a usable condition, or making it look like new. He will use as examples some of the small craft in the collection of the Michigan Maritime Museum.

Mr. Matthews is a small boat builder, collector, and restorer who specializes in cedar canvas canoes. He has his own collection of vintage canoes and manages a small craft collection at a maritime museum.

 

My Voyage on a Great Lakes Freighter - Bill Strauss

Join Bill Strauss as he tells the story about his travels aboard thousand-foot Great Lakes freighters. Bill will provide insight about the history and life aboard a Laker. He will explain how these behemoths provide valuable commerce to the Midwest.

When Bill isn't playing with boats he is a Senior Economist and Economic Advisor in the research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, which he joined in 1982. His chief responsibilities include analyzing the current performance of both the Midwest economy and the manufacturing sector for use in monetary policy. Strauss also teaches Economics at the University of Chicago, Graham School of General Studies and at DePaul University, Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.
 

Model Boat Rigging and Beyond - Glenn Braun 

Glenn Braun will continue his discussion on ship model building including some further remarks on hull construction in the light of his recent Griffon project. He will then move on to the topic of rigging, including tips and tricks. Particularly attention will be paid on how to get the novice builder over that hump between completion of the hull, starting the rigging, and moving on from there. 

Glenn has been building ship models for almost fifty years. He is currently working on a not too scholarly reconstruction of La Salle’s trading and exploration vessel Le Griffon for the Chicago Maritime Society. With any luck, it will be done or at least in a fairly presentable condition by the time of the Festival!

Visit him in the exhibit hall where he will demonstrate various aspects of the ship model builders art, including ships-in-the-bottle, and other current projects. 

Sail Aboard a Tall Ship this Summer! - Patti Lock 

Ms. Lock will present a photo discussion on the more than 20 visiting ships for Tall Ships Chicago that will arrive August 24-29, 2010. The fleet of historic, attraction, and environmental vessels as well as a few film stars will come from the East Coast, West Coast, Great Lakes, Canada, and Europe. Returning to Chicago will be the 165’ Barque, Europa, via South America and Antarctica as well as the U.S. Brig, Niagara, of Erie, Pennsylvania. Niagara is the largest ship in the fleet at 198' and a historic replica of Admiral Hazard Perry's victorious vessel from the 1813 Battle of Lake Erie. The very popular HMS Bounty will also be coming back. To find out further information about the event or how to become a volunteer, stop at the Pepsi Tall Ships Chicago 2010 booth at the festival or go on-line at www.tallshipschicago.net.

Patricia Lock has specialized in event marketing for over 30 years. She has produced a variety of events ranging from Luciano Pavarotti on New Year's Eve, the Arlington Million, and Kodak's Millennium celebration at Navy Pier. In 1998, as a new member of Navy Pier's Marketing Department, Ms. Lock's first assignment was to bring the historic sailing vessels known as "tall ships" to Chicago. She's been working with ships ever since. In 2000, she started her own company, Great Lakes Marketing Group, to promote tall ships through port appearances, maritime festivals, and youth education. Now a veteran of many Parades of Sail, she is recruiting the 2010 fleet for the American Sail Training Association's Great Lakes United Tall Ships Challenge 2010® for Chicago, Green Bay, and Cleveland.
 

Updates on Le Griffon Project - Richard Gross and Steve Libert

Richard and Steve will discuss new developments concerning Phase I and Phase II of the project. 

The Chicago Maritime Society Resource Center. 

Find out about the new and exciting renovation of the CMS Resource Center as well as recent acquisitions and the new lecture series. Learn the benefits of being a member and how you can take an active part in the preservation of our Chicago and Great Lakes Maritime Heritage. 

A Sea of Opportunities: The Merchant Marine Academy - Capt. Jules Traut 

Join Captain Jules E. Traut for a look at “The Unusual Federal Service Academy”. The United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY is not the newest or smallest of our five Federal Academies but does offer the most opportunities after graduation, including serving as a ship's officer on merchant vessels traveling all over the world, serving as an officer in your choice of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps or NOAA, or working in a maritime related industry ashore. If you are looking for flight training, we have designated slots in every branch of the armed forces for our pilot qualified graduates. We were the first of the five Academies to admit women and our female grads are highly sought by the Maritime Industry. -- Of note, starting salary today for Kings Point graduate deck or engineering officers sailing in the Merchant Marine is approximately $18,000 per month! You do the math. Those are just some of the things that make us "the unusual Academy."

Captain Traut is a 1961 graduate of the Academy with a degree in Marine Engineering and has been involved in recruiting for Kings Point in the Great Lakes states for 48 years. He has served as Area Coordinator for the last eight years and sits on nine congressional screening committees in Illinois and Wisconsin, including those of all four Senators. He is active in the Alumni Association, having served as Great Lakes Regional Governor as well as an officer for the Chicago Alumni Chapter; the Superintendent's Council at the Academy has also benefited from his service. Captain Traut presently serves as Chief Engineer of Columbia Yacht Club's "clubship" at the foot of Randolph Street, in Chicago. He was the Second Assistant Engineer while bringing the ship down the St. Lawrence Seaway to Chicago from Nova Scotia in 1983. The Captain also holds a Masters License from the U.S. Coast Guard and is President of Mariner Enterprises, Ltd., an engineering consulting firm. In addition, he directs a very successful retirement planning practice and serves on the boards of a number of service organizations in his community.
 

Nautical Expressions We Use Everyday III – Dan Kasberger 

Ahoy! All you Jack Tars, shake-a-leg toe-the-line to stand your trick so we can cut loose to skylark before the boson sounds off to pipe down and lets the cat out of the bag!! With the long history of man on the seas, much of our every day colorful speech has developed from sailors. As ships developed, much of the wealth of the day moved on them and so the responsibility for its sure delivery needed rules and laws to see the cargo safely to port. So the basis of our 'Rules-of-the-Road' started on the waves. In this seminar we will discuss how the ancient mariners have affected us today. Dan Kasberger has a long experience with boat operations including qualifying as a U.S. Coast Guard coxswain. He has taught boating safety, scuba, seamanship, navigation, marlinspike and many other nautical arts. You'll enjoy this delightful visit to the sailors long history. 

History Over the Horizon VIII – Kris Habermehl 

Join award winning Chicago radio and television reporter Kris Habermehl for the story of Great Lakes shipping in the Chicago and Calumet area as seen from the air. Ride along with WBBM's famous traffic helicopter, "Chopper 780," as it provides a spectacular place to view examples of Chicago's maritime history just "over the horizon." Rare historic footage is also included. Kris is a lifelong Chicagoan who has been flying since the mid 70's. An early interest in aviation combined with a penchant for local history (especially maritime history) has enabled him to make stories come alive from his post aboard "Chopper 780." He has been on the air since 1992 when he joined Shadow Traffic. Reporting on traffic tie-ups and breaking news led to stints at several Chicago radio stations and also to his longtime assignment with sister station, WBBM-TV (CBS2). Recipient of a regional Emmy for his television reporting, Kris is also the color commentator for WBBM's annual coverage of the Chicago Air & Water Show. 

Seagoing Artist - Eric Forsberg 

Eric will discuss several of his latest projects, one of which was used in designing the poster for this year’s Chicago Maritime Festival. He will focus on the research, techniques and stories related to this series as well as other upcoming works. 

Eric is one of Chicago's very own established artists. He grew up with a passion for art and attended the American Academy of Art. He studied with the famous Charles Vickery for a period of 10 years and also received guidance from Thomas Hoyne III. To further Eric's understanding of the relationship and rules between sky and water, he took to the sea working on lobster boats, fishing trawlers, tall ships and sailed the Great Lakes allowing him to paint water with great conviction and knowledge. 

His passion and excitement for historical and modern day ships is evident as their stories unfold on his canvas. Whether in the Great Lakes, the Indiana Dunes or out at sea -- Eric captures the moment! 

Hands-On Safety III - Jay Chrissey 

Jay Chrissey has spent much of his professional life teaching survival skills to charter boat operators in the Great Lakes to commercial fishermen in Alaska. Jay will present some of the things everyone should consider when venturing out on the water. His seminar will feature preparation, techniques, and actual survival gear including an 8-man life raft that will be opened on site. Jay works around the world and at Parker Sales in Chicago, a Mecca for the professional mariner.

Bawdy Sea Songs III

Featured performers and special guests will perform totally uncensored shanties and sea songs. No one under 18 will be admitted. 

The Art of Knots - John DeWilde & JP Honeywell (Exhibit & Demonstration) 

Join John and JP at their amazing display of bell ropes, mats, and turkheads made of traditional and modern material. Most of the pieces have been created recently and have not been displayed at the festival in any previous year. Learn about Marlinespike seamanship, functional knotting, and decorative knotting. 

John DeWilde is a current board member of the International Guild of Knot Tyers – North American Branch. JP Honeywell is a member of Knot Heads World Wide. 

Make Your Own Monkey Fist Key Chain – Sea Scout Ship 5111

Learn how to make your own monkey fist key chain and take it home with you. All materials are provided. 

Pram Construction Display - Sea Scout Ship 2008

Representatives of Sea Scout Ship 2008 will display and tell how they constructed their own pram! 

How to Be an Underwater Detective - The Underwater Archeological Society of Chicago For Kids and Adults 

Learn about a schooner, its parts, and why these tall ships were important in Chicago's history. See and learn about scuba diving equipment used to be a shipwreck detective and how they find shipwrecks around the Great Lakes and the ocean. Then try to draw the shipwreck like an underwater archaeologist!   


Model Boat Building For Kids

Design and built your own model boat – from motor vessel to tall ship – it’s up to you. Take your model home. All materials provided.

 

2009 Presenters 

Freedom Schooner Amistad - Bill Pinkney and Wojtek "Voytec" Wacowski  

The story of the Freedom Schooner Amistad. On June 9, 1992 Bill Pinkney, a native Chicagoan, completed an amazing voyage aboard the Commitment. He had sailed around the world single-handedly, on a route that took him around the five southern capes, including Cape Horn at the tip of South America, one of the most difficult sailing passages in the world. Altogether, his voyage took him two years from start to finish and covered 27,000 miles. He became the fourth American and the first African American to sail around the world solo. The students from over 150 schools in Chicago, around the country and around the world followed his journey.

La Amistad was a coastal schooner used to transport people and goods up and down the west coast of the Atlantic. In 1839 it was being used to transport 53 recently arrived African slaves from Havana, Cuba, to another part of the island. During the passage, the slaves rebelled and took over the ship, ordering the crew to sail them back to their home in Africa. The crewmembers would sail east by day, but by night would chart a course back towards the eastern seaboard. The ship made its way up to a point off the coast of Connecticut, where it was seized by the U.S. government. The legal case that followed, to decide whether the slaves were to be considered property or human beings who had been illegally seized had important historic implications. It was eventually argued before the U.S. Supreme Court by John Quincy Adams, who won the case. The 35 Africans who were still alive at that point were returned to their homeland in Africa.

 

Blood, Sweat and Steam: 15 Years of Photography on the Inland Seas - Chris Winters

Chris will talk about his various documentary efforts, with special emphasis on his first published work Centennial: Steaming Through the American Century.

Chris Winters is a respected maritime artist, veteran shipwreck diver, and photojournalist. A lifelong student of Great Lakes maritime history, he is currently the staff photographer at Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Chris is a board member of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society and official photographer of Wisconsin’s Flagship the schooner S/V Denis Sullivan. A dynamic lecturer and frequent contributor to Great Laker/Seaway Review Magazine, his maritime work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the region. His first book of photographs, Centennial: Steaming through the American Century, documenting life aboard the century-old steamship S.S. St. Marys Challenger, was published in 2009.

Abe Lincoln and the Inland Waterways - Professor Theodore J. Karamanski

 

In honor of the Bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln this presentation will examine an often overlooked but important feature of the sixteenth President’s life. The inland waterways of the American Midwest played a major role in shaping the character, outlook, and political development of young Mr. Lincoln. Through images and quotations the presentation will explore Lincoln’s experiences as a river raftsman, his patented innovations to improve river commerce, and the importance of his political support for improvements to river and Great Lakes transportation.

Theodore J. Karamanski is a Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago and a founding member of the Chicago Maritime Society. He is the author of Schooner Passage: Sailing Ships and the Lake Michigan Frontier (2000), Maritime Chicago (2000), and five other books on Midwestern history.

Invasive Species Research and Education Aboard the School Ship Inland Seas -Tom Kelly

 

Each year the school ship, Inland Seas, hosts students and teachers for short duration (2 - 3 days) but intensive research-based programs focused on invasive species problems in the Great Lakes. These classes include an overview of the impacts of aquatic invasive species on the ecosystem but the majority of the time is spent collecting and analyzing field data aboard the Inland Seas Education Associations 77' schooner. Students live aboard the vessel during their trip. At the end of their session, students present their research results in a public PowerPoint presentation. Findings from recent Inland Seas programs will be presented and discussed.

 

Tom began sailing at age 14 on White Lake, Michigan. He became familiar with water pollution problems from his sailing experiences on White Lake and nearby Lake Michigan. Tom studied conservation and resource planning as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, and received a Master of Science degree in Fisheries Biology from the University of Michigan in 1972.

After college Tom worked for the University of Michigan as a limnologist on the Great Lakes and inland lakes, and as a Sea Grant Marine Field Agent in Traverse City, Michigan. Tom left the University of Michigan in 1978 for a year of sailing on his ketch Cygnet.

 

For the next ten years Tom did consulting work in fisheries and water quality. His clients included local governmental units, Tribal government, lake associations and private individuals. In November 1986 he sailed aboard the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater doing environmental education programs for students in the Hudson River valley. This experience led to the formation of the Inland Seas Education Association in 1989.

 

Tom as been the Executive Director of ISEA since its founding and captain of ISEA’s flagship, the 77’ schooner Inland Seas, since its launching in 1994. Tom also makes time to sail with his wife Anne, and children Emma (16) and Graham (14) aboard Cygnet.

The Canoe Collection of the Chicago Maritime Society
Ralph Frese


Join Ralph to hear how the canoe developed man's maritime heritage all over the globe!

 

Ralph Frese, the canoe guru of the Midwest, is a blacksmith, author, adventurer, environmentalist, canoe builder, and wonderful storyteller. His collection of over 100 small craft is the cornerstone of the Chicago Maritime Society collections. He owns and operates the Chicagoland Canoe Base.

Of Prairie, Woods and Water: Two Centuries of Chicago Nature Writing - Joel Greenberg

This talk presents readings from a variety of articles written about Chicago area natural history over a century and a half. Not only have the waters and landscapes changed but so have people's attitudes about nature. It is based on Greenberg's recent book of the same title.

Joel Greenberg has lived in the Chicago region most of his life. He has been a serious naturalist for over forty years and has worked for such environmental organizations as the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission and the DuPage County Forest Preserve District. He has written numerous articles and three books, including A Natural History of the Chicago Region and the book featured here, both published by University of Chicago Press.

Florida Under Water - Christine Mavrick

 

Since long before the European Age of Exploration, Florida has had an intimate relationship with water and the sea. For hundreds and thousands of years, humans have relied on water and waterways as a source and a highway for commerce, people and ideas and the evidence of this interaction still exists. Some of the earliest North American settlers were drawn to karstic watering holes over 10,000 years ago in central Florida, leaving behind clues of their lives. From the first attempts by Europeans to explore and colonize along the gulf coast of Florida, to the establishment of its first permanent port in St. Augustine, Florida's coasts, bays and waterways were strewn with wreckage and littered with bits of history by explorers. Intricate inland waterway systems, access to the global trade routes of the sea and an easily defended harbor made St. Augustine an easy choice for a permanent settlement. Through the study of maritime history and archaeology, archaeologists at the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program of the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum work to better understand Florida's relationship with the sea. This presentation will briefly explore Florida's earliest history with water and then focus on the ongoing work at LAMP to explore and conserve the rich archaeological maritime history of America's First Coast.

Christine Mavrick received her B.S. in Anthropology from Illinois State University in December of 2000. As a graduate student at the University of West Florida, she worked as Archaeology Conservation Lab Supervisor under Dr. John Bratten for two years and devoted much of her time to the excavation and conservation of material recovered from the Emanauel Point II, the second oldest shipwreck in North America. Currently, Ms. Mavrick serves as staff archaeologist and conservator for the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) while she completes her master's thesis on the conservation of archaic waterlogged wooden artifacts recovered from Little Salt Spring in Sarasota County, Florida.

Piratecore: Sea Chanties in the 21st Century - Gerard Heidgerken

As a musical genre, the sea chantey has gone largely unchanged since the age of sail. But where most maritime artists have chosen to embrace and preserve the rich heritage of this music, others have opted to take their fascination with the sea into surprising new directions. This session will explore the development and current state of Piratecore, a relatively young yet incredibly diverse musical genre that blends the traditional sea chantey with such contemporary styles as rock, rap, punk, metal, and more.

Gerard Heidgerken is the host of Bilgemunky Radio, a weekly online show featuring pirate-themed music from around the world. He comes from a long line of sailors, and served a six-year stint in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. His love of sea chanties began with Schooner Fare, having first heard them when growing up in Maine. More information can be found at www.bilgemunky.com and www.bilgemunky.com/radio

USPS: What's in it for You? - George F. Prescott with Fred Poppe

Past Commander of the Chicago Power Squadron, George F. Prescott, will discuss the United States Power Squadron's University, an interactive seminar series available to non-members. Current programs in the series include “Sail Trim,” “GPS,” “Weather,” “Anchoring,” “Paddle Smart” and “UHF/DSC.”

Chicago Yachting Association's Past Commodore, Fred Poppe, will also be present to respond to questions regarding proposed legislation for mandatory licensing of boaters in Illinois.

The Shipwrecked Whalebacks - Cris Kohl and Joan Forsberg

The whaleback was a uniquely Great Lakes design of bulk cargo ship resembling a pig-nosed, semi-submarine, or a long, curved, steel whale, with 44 of these unusual ships built between 1888 and 1898. Some whalebacks eventually became saltwater workhorses, but many remained in Great Lakes service. The most famous of all these whalebacks was the only passenger excursion whaleback, the Christopher Columbus, which was built for the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago and which serviced that city for four decades until the ship’s demise. Hear the dramatic, often tragic, tales of those whalebacks, which became shipwrecks in various parts of the world, focusing upon the eight, which lie wrecked in the Great Lakes.

Cris Kohl and Joan Forsberg, a Chicago husband-and-wife team, love to explore shipwrecks, particularly those in the Great Lakes.

Joan, holds a degree in History and has been the Chairman of the “Shipwrecks and our Maritime Heritage Room” at Chicago’s Our World – Underwater Show since 1996. She is the author of the scuba celebrity cook-and-tell book, Diver’s Guide to the Kitchen, and articles in magazines such as Immersed, Great Lakes Boating, and Wreck Diving (for which she works as Copy Editor). Joan appears behind the camera shooting underwater video, and in front of the camera as Cris’ underwater model. She was recently re-elected as President of the Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago.

Cris, a prize-winning underwater photographer with a master’s degree in history, is Past President of the Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago and has written eleven books and more than 300 magazine and newsletter articles about Great Lakes shipwrecks. He has appeared on numerous television programs, including on the History Channel several times and the Discovery Channel and was the 2008 recipient of the Our World—Underwater Achievement Award. His most recent book is the expanded Great Lakes Diving Guide, the most comprehensive book ever published about Great Lakes shipwrecks.

Together, they recently co-authored the book, Shipwrecks at Death’s Door, and are currently working on another shipwreck book collaboration.

 

Model Hull Construction: From Solid to Plank on Frame - Glenn Braun

Never built a ship model before and looking for the perfect first kit to get started? Or, already tired of kits and looking to strike out on your own? Focusing on different styles of hull construction, this seminar will help you take that crucial first or next step -- helping the neophyte choose among the variety of kits available for the beginner and helping the first time scratch builder get started on that dream project.

Glenn Braun built his first ship model at age six and has since built models professionally most of his adult life. With hundreds of models, ships-in-the-bottle, wood carvings, and other maritime related arts to his credit, Glenn's work can be seen in museums and private collections all over the globe. After almost twenty years at the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City, Glenn has recently relocated to the Chicago area, wading into the rich traditions of the Great Lakes, the Mississippi, and other waterways of the Midwest.

Weather For Sailors - Amy Seeley

Mariners and landlubbers alike will learn much about what goes into a weather forecast. Amy is the Port Meteorological Officer of the Great Lakes and has been with the National Weather Service for 16 years. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in meteorology in 1992 and has received an NWS award for her presentations at the Chicago Maritime Festival.

The History and Archeology of the Le Griffon Project -
Richard Gross and Ken Vrana

 

In 2001 Steve Libert, President of Great Lakes Exploration Group LLC, discovered what he hopes to be the wreckage of Robert Cavelier Sieur de La Salle's ship Le Griffon. Richard Gross, historian for Great Lakes Exploration Group, will discuss the history of La Salle's historic ship. After closely examining primary source documents, including La Salle's letters and the official record of his explorations from 1679 to 1681, a new perspective has emerged concerning what Le Griffon looked like, its cargo, and the events surrounding its disappearance. Ken Vrana, President of CMURM (Center for Maritime & Underwater Resource Management), will discuss the results of the 2006 Phase I remote-sensing survey as well as plans for an upcoming Phase II archaeological assessment of the location. These plans include the application of a high-resolution sector scanning sonar, sub-bottom profiler, and ground-truthing of cultural materials mapped by these exciting undersea technologies.

More Nautical Expressions We Use Every Day - Dan Kasberger

Ahoy! All you Jack Tars, shake-a-leg toe-the-line to stand your trick so we can cut loose to skylark before the boson sounds off to pipe down and lets the cat out of the bag!! With the long history of man on the seas, much of our every day colorful speech has developed from sailors. As ships developed, much of the wealth of the day moved on them and so the responsibility for its sure delivery needed rules and laws to see the cargo safely to port. So the basis of our 'Rules-of-the-Road' started on the waves. In this seminar we will discuss how the ancient mariners have affected us today. Dan Kasberger has a long experience with boat operations including qualifying as a U.S. Coast Guard coxswain. He has taught boating safety, scuba, seamanship, navigation, marlinspike and many other nautical arts. You'll enjoy this delightful visit to the sailors long history.

History Over the Horizon VII - Kris Habermehl WBBM TV

Join award winning Chicago radio and television reporter Kris Habermehl for the story of Great Lakes shipping in the Chicago and Calumet area as seen from the air. Ride along with WBBM's famous traffic helicopter, "Chopper 780," as it provides a spectacular place to view examples of Chicago's maritime history just "over the horizon." Rare historic footage is also included. Kris is a lifelong Chicagoan who has been flying since the mid 70's. An early interest in aviation combined with a penchant for local history (especially maritime history) has enabled him to make stories come alive from his post aboard "Chopper 780." He has been on the air since 1992 when he joined Shadow Traffic. Reporting on traffic tie-ups and breaking news led to stints at several Chicago radio stations and also to his longtime assignment with sister station, WBBM-TV (CBS2). Recipient of a regional Emmy for his television reporting, Kris is also the color commentator for WBBM's annual coverage of the Chicago Air & Water Show.

The Challenges of Photography on the Water - Pete Matthews

Photographing on or around the waters presents many challenges not found when photographing on land. Knowledge of rapidly changing conditions of light, the subject, and movement of both the subject and the shooting platform, are all necessary to obtain a good image of boats and/or the marine setting. During this session learn to use some of the tricks used by photographers in this environment.

 

Pete Mathews is a lifelong boater and photographer who has studied both subjects most of his life. He has over 40 years in the marine industry both professionally and recreationally. He has been photographing since high school, has studied with a diverse selection of professional photographers, teaches marine photography at several venues and is a published photographer.

Pride of Baltimore II - Eric Forsberg

Eric will discuss several of his latest projects including 9 paintings he has done for the tall ship Pride of Baltimore II. He will focus on the research, techniques and stories related to this series as well as other upcoming works. This year's Chicago Maritime Festival poster was created using one of these paintings.

Eric is one of Chicago's very own established artists. He grew up with a passion for art and attended the American Academy of Art. He studied with the famous Charles Vickery for a period of 10 years and also received guidance from Thomas Hoyne III. To further Eric's understanding of the relationship and rules between sky and water, he took to the sea working on lobster boats, fishing trawlers, tall ships and sailed the Great Lakes allowing him to paint water with great conviction and knowledge.

His passion and excitement for historical and modern day ships is evident as their stories unfold on his canvas. Whether in the Great Lakes, the Indiana Dunes or out at sea, Eric captures the moment.

Hands-On Safety - Jay Chrissey and Dan Bascik

Jay Chrissey has spent much of his professional life teaching survival skills to charter boat operators in the Great Lakes to commercial fishermen in Alaska. Jay will present some of the things everyone should consider when venturing out on the water. His seminar will feature preparation, techniques, and actual survival gear including an 8 man life raft which will be opened on site. Jay works around the world and at Parker Sales in Chicago, a Mecca for the professional mariner.

Historic Lighthouses of the Illinois Shore - Don Terras

  

While Illinois is known as the "Prairie State" the Land of Lincoln does have a significant maritime history. Perhaps the most tangible reminders of this history are the aids to navigation that dot our Lake Michigan shore. In this seminar, Donald J. Terras will explore the history of lighthouses that helped mariners find their way into America's largest inland port city - Chicago.

Donald J. Terras has been director of Grosse Point Lighthouse National Landmark in Evanston, Illinois for over 20 years. An award winning lighthouse author and cultural resource management consultant, Mr. Terras is also senior lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Northeastern Illinois University and president of the American Lighthouse Coordinating Committee. He has been recognized for his work in maritime history by a wide range of groups including The American Association for State and Local History, The Illinois Association of Museums, Landmark Preservation Council of Illinois, and Evanston Preservation League.


Navigating the Great Lakes in 1816: A First-Hand Account of a Voyage from Mackinac to Green Bay - Fred Neuschel

 

This presentation will provide insight into the art and science of navigation on the Great Lakes in the early 1800's. By happenstance, a logbook from the schooner George Washington has survived down to the present day. The log dates from 1816 and covers a voyage made by the schooner from Buffalo, NY, to Mackinac Island and then to Green Bay. Even more rare is a map that was drawn in pencil during the voyage by an officer of the Army's Topographical Corp. Together these two documents give us a first hand view of the art and science of navigation on the Great Lakes in the period just after the War of 1812 when the United States was establishing its dominance over the Northwest. We will also spend some time talking about the people who were on board the schooner on its final leg of the voyage - a strange mix of friends and former enemies, men who left their mark on the frontier history of the United States.

 

Fred Neuschel is researcher and author who focuses on the Great Lakes region. His work has appeared in many magazines and journals including Inland Seas, Chicago History, Voyageur and Wisconsin History. His first book was published in 2007 by the University of Michigan Press and will be coming out in paperback in March. It is entitled, Lives and Legends of the Christmas Tree Ships. Fred lives and sails in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

Sailing a Tall Ship: Magic or Physics? - Al Kempt, Jr.

 

Tall ships seem to majestically glide over the water, sometimes against both the currents and even the wind that is propelling them. This is not sorcery, although it is, in part, an art. How did ancient mariners learn to harness and use these forces before aerodynamics was even studied? How did what they learned influence the development of sailing rigs to take advantage of local conditions? If these questions interest you, this presentation will give you some answers and also raise some interesting questions.

Al Kempf Jr. has been sailing since he learned as a teenage Sea Scout in Burnham Harbor. He graduated from California Maritime Academy and sailed in the Merchant Marine for several years. He helped build and has sailed on a three-masted schooner.

Simply the Best Diving: The Philippines - Lynn Funkhouser

 

As a specialist in underwater, nature, travel, and environmental images, Lynn Funkhouser is an internationally published photographer, author, lecturer, environmentalist, adventurer, and leader in dive travel who is committed to making a difference on this planet through her images and lectures.

Her presentation will bring you to The Coral Triangle -- the area of the most biodiversity in the world. She will take you on an underwater tour of 6 areas of the Philippines 1) Tubbataha, the first UNESCO World Heritage Marine Park Site 2) Dumaguete and Apo island, the model marine sanctuary to the world 3) Donsol, the whale shark capital of the world 4) Subic Bay where you can swim with false killer whales 5) Anilao, a little hotbed of evolution and 6) Puerto Galera, an early port for Spanish galleons and now a thriving diving Mecca.

Experience the beauty of the islands, explore exquisite underwater vistas, view the beautiful and bizarre critters and immerse yourself in the water and culture that make the Philippines simply a diving paradise!

Lynn Funkhouser was inducted into the inaugural Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF). In 2008, Lynn was inducted into the Society of Women Geographers. SWG members are women who love adventure and have added to the world’s knowledge. Members include Amelia Earhart, Eugenie Clark, Sylvia Earle, Jane Goodall, Margaret Mead, and Pearl Buck.

S.T.A.R.S. International - Kevin L. Vaughn

 

S.T.A.R.S. is a unique scuba-based program targeted at teenagers who find themselves overwhelmed with challenges that threaten their future success. This expanding program, headquartered in Chicago, accepts only youth nominated by local law enforcement or social agency officials. Those professionals recognize the traits of at-risk behavior and spot the obvious jeopardy in a child’s support structure. See how the S.T.A.R.S. curriculum, wrapped around the theme of scuba diving training, improves the odds of a teenager, their family, and community.

Kevin L. Vaughn: PADI MI #182312 HSA Instructor #2312 DAN Instructor #10715 transitioned from an at-risk youth to a catalyst, with a purpose to change the lives of troubled teenagers upon discovering troubled teenagers upon discovering the collateral benefits of scuba training. Traversing high school is like navigating a minefield for most teenagers. and their involvement in the S.T.A.R.S. program teaches them responsibility, a collateral benefit of scuba training. Kevin summarizes it best:

"Traversing high school is like navigating a minefield for most teenagers. Kids who are not athletically or academically gifted are faced with tough academic assignments, tough interpersonal challenges, tough social relationship decisions, tough peers, tough choices, and sometimes even tough family lives. Sadly, for some inner city youth, they even die trying to go the course. Those who don’t normally achieve recognition for their God-given gifts in the tiers of academics or athletics frequently fall into the category of ‘outcasts or discards’. This distressed group of teenagers are left to tread through their adolescent years alone while struggling for short-term allies to find the easy way out of it."

 

The non-profit and scuba centric program that Kevin developed 5 years ago, S.T.A.R.S. International, addresses this group of teens who are seeking recognition, purpose, a unique identity, and possess an inner commitment for positive change. S.T.A.R.S. can bridge nearly every boundary and truly give teens a reason to stay in school, become physically fit, develop good work ethics, and even establish a positive life strategy without them ever realizing it. Kevin has taken this program and become an international ambassador to the Turks & Caicos Islands. There he created relationships to host each group for a week during the summer to complete their initial open water dives, while providing a cultural appreciation experience to youth who would, otherwise, never have such an opportunity.

How to be an Underwater Shipwreck Detective
For Kids and Adults -
The Underwater Archeological Society of Chicago

Learn about a schooner, its parts, and why these tall ships were important in Chicago's history. See and learn about scuba diving equipment used to be a shipwreck detective and how they find shipwrecks around the Great Lakes and the ocean. Then try to draw the shipwreck like an underwater archaeologist!

 

 

 

 

Tall Ship Rigs: How to tell your Brig from a Barque with Al Kempf, Jr.

Tall ship rigs are fascinating to look at, and, to most people, they are a maze of puzzling lines and spars. Yet they are based upon rather simple and straight forward systems, and there is a very logical arrangement to the rigs and their development. This session will help you to recognize those wonderful rigs when you have the opportunity to see one or more of the Tall Ships.

Al Kempf Jr. has been sailing since he learned as a teenage Sea Scout in Burnham Harbor, Graduated California Maritime Academy, and Sailed in the Merchant Marine for several years. He helped build and sailed on the three masted schooner Denis Sullivan of Milwaukee and is currently serving as Sailing Master of Michigan Maritime Museum's tall ship Friends Good Will. 

Connecting Worlds: The Story of the Chicago Portage

The Friends of the Chicago Portage will present its new documentary video Connecting Worlds, The Story of the Chicago Portage which explores the past and present of the Chicago Portage, the vital trade link that resulted in the creation of our great metropolitan area.
 

Jeff Carter, President of Friends of the Chicago Portage, will begin the presentation with a brief history of the Portage followed by the DVD documentary. Gary Mechanic, who founded the organization in 2001 and is the Steward of Portage Woods Forest Preserve, will conclude the presentation by describing how the Chicago Portage is still alive and driving the economic engine of Chicago today. 

The Friends is a volunteer not for profit organization that presents free public tours of the Chicago Portage National Historic Site Spring through Fall and conducts monthly work days throughout the year in Portage Woods Forest Preserve. 

Friends of the Chicago Portage promotes the historic interpretation, ecological restoration and appropriate development of the Chicago Portage National Historic Site through volunteer advocacy, public events and other projects that raise public awareness of its history and significance. More at www.chicagoportage.org. 

Piratecore: Sea Chanties in the 21st Century with Gerard Heidgerken

As a musical genre, the sea chantey has gone largely unchanged since the age of sail. But where most maritime artists have chosen to embrace and preserve the rich heritage of this music, others have opted to take their fascination with the sea into surprising new directions. This session will explore the development and current state of Piratecore, a relatively young yet incredibly diverse musical genre that blends the traditional sea chantey with such contemporary styles as rock, rap, punk, metal, and more.
 

Gerard Heidgerken is the host of Bilgemunky Radio, a weekly online show featuring pirate-themed music from around the world. He comes from a long line of sailors, and served a six-year stint in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S. Enterprise. His love of sea chanties began with Schooner Fare, having first heard them when growing up in Maine.  More information can be found at www.bilgemunky.com and www.bilgemunky.com/radio. 

THE LEGACY OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE CAPTAINS with Fred Neuschel

The story of Chicago's Christmas Tree Ship is one of the most popular and beloved stories from the history of the Great Lakes. But there were many Christmas tree captains just as there were many Chistmas tree ships. Getting to know the captains reveals a class of sailors whose lives of hard work, danger and adventure were far more varied and interesting than can be seen by their Christmas tree voyages alone. Fred Neuschel will show how these captains helped to establish and shape the history of many communities around the lake. In their bold and often reckless acts they have left not only a legend, but also a legacy. Listeners who are already familiar with the story of Capt. Schuenemann and the schooner Rouse Simmons will gain a much more comprehensive picture of life on Lake Michigan at the end of the 19th century. Listeners who are new to the subject will learn one of those stories that every student of Great Lakes history should know. Mr. Neuschel is the author of the recently released book "Lives and Legends of the Christmas Tree Ships" published by the University of Michigan Press.

Fred Neuschel is a resident of Crystal Lake, Illinois. He is Vice-President of the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History and the chairperson of the association's Research & Publication Committee. His research has been published in "Inland Seas," "Chicago History," "Wisconsin Magazine of History," "Voyageur" and "Northern Mariner/Le Marin du Nord." He has presented programs at museums and libraries in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan,Ontario and Quebec. Most recently, the University of Michigan Press has published his "Lives and Legends of the Christmas Tree Ships." Fred has also crewed on two of the tall ships that are based on the Great Lakes. 

History of the Chicago River in Photographs with Jonathan Genzen

In preparing his 2007 book "The Chicago River: A History in Photographs," author Jonathan R. Genzen researched hundreds of historical images of the Chicago River from libraries, historical collections, newspapers, and private photographers. In this discussion, we will explore the visual history of the Chicago River and the importance of this amazing waterway in the development of Chicago.
 

An avid canoeist and former member of the Chicago River Rowing and Paddling Center, Jonathan lived in Evanston during his undergraduate education at Northwestern University, and in Hyde Park while earning his PhD (2002) and MD (2004) from the University of Chicago. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow studying laboratory medicine at Yale University. 

TITANIC, The Great Lakes Connections with Cris Kohl and Joan Forsberg

In April, 1912, on the maiden voyage of Titanic, the world's largest and most luxurious passenger ship, 345 of the 1,343 passengers were bound for the Great Lakes region: 61 made Chicago their destinations, 24 aimed for Detroit, while hundreds more headed for smaller locations and rural settings in Ohio, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, western Pennsylvania, western New York state and Ontario. Some were returning to their homes; others hoped to settle in a new land. Some survived the world.s most famous sinking; others never reached their goals. This presentation tells many of their stories, plus tales of Titanic's Great Lakes counterpart ship, artists with strong Titanic / Great Lakes connections, the Great Lakes writer who predicted Titanic's loss 14 years earlier, and consequences to Great Lakes shipping because of Titanic's sinking. (Based on Cris Kohl's book of the same title).
 

The Art of Ship in a Bottle with Glenn Braun

Learn the art and technique of this centuries old craft from a master along with other ship model building tips and demonstrations. Glenn Braun built his first ship model at age six and has since built models professionally most of his adult life. With hundreds of models, ships-in-the-bottle, wood carvings,and other maritime related arts to his credit, Glenn's work can be seen in museums and private collections all over the globe. After almost twenty years at the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City, Glenn has recently relocated to the Chicago area, wading into the rich traditions of the Great Lakes, the Mississippi, and other waterways of the Midwest.
 

Weather For Sailors with Amy Seeley

Mariners and landlubber alike will learn much about what goes into a weather forecast. Amy is the Port Meteorological Officer of the Great Lakes and has been with the National Weather Service for 15 years. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in meteorology in 1992 and has received an NWS award for her presentations at the Chicago Maritime Festival.
 

Nautical Expressions We Use Every Day II with Dan Kasberger

Ahoy! All you Jack Tar shake-a-leg toe-the-line to stand your trick so we can cut loose to skylark before the bosun sounds off to pipe down and lets the cat out of the bag!! With the long history of man on the seas, much of our every day colorful speech has developed from sailors. As ships developed, much of the wealth of the day moved on them and so the responsibility for its sure delivery needed rules and laws to see the cargo safely to port. So the basis of our 'Rules-of-the-Road' started on the waves. In this seminar we will discuss how the ancient mariners have affected us today. Dan Kasberger has a long experience with boat operations including qualifying as a U.S. Coast Guard Coxswain. He has taught Boating Safety, scuba, Seamanship, Navigation, Marlinspike and many other nautical arts. You'll enjoy this delightful visit to the sailors long history.
 

How to become a Shipwreck Detective for Kids (and Adults) with the Underwater Archeological Society of Chicago

Learn about a schooner, its parts, and why these tall ships were important in Chicago's history. See and learn about scuba diving equipment used to be a shipwreck detective and how they find shipwrecks around the Great Lakes and the ocean. Then try to draw the shipwreck like an underwater archaeologist.
 

History Over the Horizon IV with Kris Habermehl WBBM TV

Join award winning Chicago radio and television reporter Kris Habermehl for the story of Great Lakes shipping in the Chicago and Calumet area as seen from the air. Ride along with WBBM's traffic famous helicopter, "Chopper 780", as it provides a spectacular place to view examples of Chicago's maritime history just "over the horizon". Rare historic footage is also included.

Kris is a lifelong Chicagoan who has been flying since the mid 70's. An early interest in aviation combined with a penchant for local history (especially maritime history) has enabled him to make stories come alive from his post aboard "Chopper 780". He has been on the air since 1992 when he joined Shadow Traffic. Reporting on traffic tie-ups and breaking news led to stints at several Chicago radio stations and also to his longtime assignment with sister station, WBBM-TV (CBS2). Recipient of a regional Emmy for his television reporting, Kris is also the color commentator for WBBM's annual coverage of the Chicago Air & Water Show. 

Chicago's Changing Shoreline with Bill Rossberger

Join historian and yachtsman Bill Rossberger for a look at the story of the Lakefront; from shoreline to landfill; from Fort Dearborn to the massive rebuilding after the Great Chicago Fire and the Burnham Plan. If you would like learn the story of our home port, plan to attend!
 

Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Program

Members will present information about the program and let you know how you can get involved.

Justin "Judd" Goldman was seventeen years old when he suffered a disabling bone disease. After realizing that there were few sports that he could participate in, he discovered sailing. During the next fifty-eight years he competed successfully in many races throughout the world, including over twenty-five Chicago-Mackinac Races, a 333-mile challenge from Chicago to Mackinac Island, Michigan. He founded an Olympic one-design class of sailboats in Chicago, the Dragon class. In 1989, at the age of seventy-five, Judd passed away at a Naples, Florida boatyard.

In 1990, Judd's wife, Sliv, son Peter and daughter Judy established the Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Foundation (JGASF) as a public/private partnership with the Chicago Park District. Today, the adaptive sailing program consists of eight Freedom Independence 20, six Sonar, and four 2.4 meter sailboats. Over one thousand participants experience the joy and independence of sailing each year. The JGASF, in partnership with the Chicago Yacht Club, is very proud to have been chosen for over ten years by US Sailing as the host for the annual national disabled double and single-handed sailing championship, the Independence Cup. 

In 2001, the Foundation embarked on a pilot program with the Chicago Park District designed to teach sailing to Chicago inner-city youth. Ten 7'7" Vanguard Pram sailboats were purchased for use at the beautifully renovated, city water-fed lagoons. Offering an unequaled environment and an extremely rare experience for a big city recreational program, this unique approach brings the program to the neighborhood rather than the neighborhood to the program. The goal for this inner-city youth program is identical to our current mission...helping people to achieve self-esteem and independence. 

The Third Coast with Ted McClelland

Ted McClelland is the author of The Third Coast: Sailors, Strippers, Fishermen, Folksingers, Long-Haired Ojibway Painters and God-Save-the-Queen Monarchists of the Great Lakes. In the summer of 2005, he drove the 10,000-mile Great Lakes Circle Tour, traveling as far west as Duluth, Minnesota, and as far east as Kingston, Ontario . to explore the idea that the Lakes are a distinct region of North America, with its own culture and common interests. In Wisconsin, he met David Gumieny, proprietor of the World's Largest Barber Pole. In Minnesota, Harley Toftey, one of the last Norwegian herring fishermen on Lake Superior. In Ontario, Moses Beaver, an Ojibway who still paints in the woodland style. In Michigan, he drank with sailors in a Rogers City bar. To cap it off, McClelland rode the Joseph L. Block from Indiana Harbor to Escanaba, Mich., and back. When he came back home to Chicago, McClelland was convinced that, although they're divided between two countries, the Great Lakes form a freshwater nation of their own. His website is
www.tedmcclelland.com. 

CHICAGO'S ONE HUNDRED YEAR OLD TREASURE: THE VIKING SHIP with Ralph Frese

Ralph will talk about how the original vessel was discovered and how a replica was built to be sailed to Chicago. Using the memoirs of the captain and a member of the crew about the voyage, he will follow the story from the Columbian Exposition to New Orleans and back to Chicago. You will also be able learn where the Viking Ship is right now!

Ralph Frese, the canoe guru of the Midwest, is a blacksmith, author, adventurer, environmentalist, canoe builder, and wonderful storyteller. His collection of over 100 small craft is the cornerstone of the Chicago Maritime Society collections. He owns and operates the Chicagoland Canoe Base. 

The Challenges of Photography on the Water with Pete Matthews

Photographing on or around the waters presents many challenges not found when photographing on land. Knowledge of rapidly changing conditions of light, the subject, and movement of both the subject and the shooting platform, are all necessary to obtain a good image of boats and/or the marine setting. During this session learn to use some of the tricks used by photographers in this environment.
 

Pete Mathews is a lifelong boater and photographer who has studied both subjects most of his life. He has over 40 years in the marine industry both professionally and recreationally. He has been photographing since high school, has studied with a diverse selection of professional photographers, teaches Marine Photography at several venues and is a published photographer. 

An Artist Looks at the Great Lakes and the Salt Water Seas with Eric Forsberg

Join Eric Nils Forsberg to see the surprising interaction of how the process of fine artwork comes aboard. Enjoy viewing some of Eric's finished artwork at sea and on the Great Lakes as he talks about his technique and answers questions about his works and his travels.

Eric is one of Chicago's very own established artists. He grew up with a passion for art and attended the American Academy of Art. He studied with the famous Charles Vickery for a period of 10 years and also received guidance from Thomas Hoyne III. To further Eric's understanding of the relationship and rules between sky and water, he took to the sea working on lobster boats, fishing trawlers, tall ships and sailed the Great Lakes allowing him to paint water with great conviction and knowledge.

His passion and excitement for historical and modern day ships is evident as their stories unfold on his canvas. Whether in the Great Lakes, the Indiana Dunes or out at sea, Eric captures the moment. 

Getting Started in Building Wooden Ship Models with Kurt VanDahm

Information for the starting ship modeler; Basics of modeling ships, mistakes not to make, tools you do and don't need, information sources and modeling tips. The presentation will be geared to the experience and interest level of the audience.

Kurt Van Dahm lives in Westmont, IL and is a professional model builder. He is also a contributing editor to Ships in Scale Magazine and has authored many articles on how to build a model ship and related modeling subjects. Kurt is the president of the Nautical Research & Model Ship Society of Chicago, a director of the Nautical Research Guild, and member of the Chicago Maritime Society, Midwest Model Shipwrights, and the North Shore Deadeyes. 

He is Badger Air-Brush Company's Marine Hobby Consultant and developer of their Modelflex Marine Paints and teaches air brushing techniques to model builders for Badger. He was a founding partner in Pacific Tall Ships Co. and Gallery headquartered in Lemont, IL and Manila, PI. PTS employed 50+ Manila residents building highly detailed sailing ship models that are owned by many heads of state, CEO.s and model ship collectors. 

THE ENDURANCE: History's Greatest Shipwreck with Rochelle Pennington

Join award-winning author Rochelle Pennington for a program detailing one of the most extraordinary events in maritime history-the Antarctica expedition of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew of 27 men aboard the ship Endurance.
 

Pennington traveled to the countries of England and Scotland to research the epic adventure, a story which has inspired generations over the past century, provoking management studies in motivational principles. 

Journal entries penned by crewmembers who served on board Endurance pay tribute to the unique and effective leadership style Shackleton used to safely deliver every one of his men from two years of disaster and perils in the frozen world of Antarctica where danger threatened life, limb and sanity. Their plight has been called "the greatest survival story of all time".

Pennington's slide presentation will be complemented by dozens of century-old photographs documenting the journey. 

Rochelle Pennington is the author of seven books, including The Endurance, The Christmas Tree Ship and The Historic Christmas Tree Ship. 

Lost Ships and Airplanes: The World of A & T Recovery with Taras Lyssenko

Join Taras Lyssenko and friends for an update on the discovery, research and recovery of Great Lakes wrecks in our area. A&T Recovery, a Chicago based firm, has recovered 31 WWII planes from Lake Michigan on behalf of the National Museum of Naval Aviation. They have also located an early Holocene forest underwater, and dozens of shipwrecks including the schooner Wells Burt, the Wings of the Wind, the Rotarian, and the former German WWII U-boat UC-97. "Butch" O'Hare's F4F-3 Wildcat fighter plane, recovered by A&T, can be found displyed at the airport bearing his name.
 

Hands On, Michigan Maritime Museum with The Michigan Maritime Museum

The Michigan Maritime Museum is dedicated to the preservation of Michigan Great Lakes waterways, maritime history and culture. The Captain and crew of the 1810 Great Lakes Replica Sloop, Friends Good Will, out of the Museum in South Haven, Michigan, will be on hand to talk about Chicago during its first decade and a half at their exhibit "Trade of Times" in the Chicago Room South -- discover the history, learn sail theory and more! Or make your own turk's head bracelet in the North Crown Room.
 

The History and Future of the Chicago Maritime Society with Ralph Frese

Ralph Frese, one of the founders and board members of CMS, will give a retrospective about the collections, activities and achievements of the organization. He will also discuss the possibility of a maritime museum for Chicago.
 

Great Lakes Conservation Awareness at Shedd Aquarium with Sandy Somodi of the John G. Shedd Aquarium

The Great Lakes, holding 20% of the world's usable fresh water, are an invaluable resource, yet they are vulnerable to a number of threats that are becoming increasingly dangerous to the ecosystem, as well as to the people who live near their shores. The Shedd Aquarium is fortunate to have this national treasure in its backyard and is committed to raising awareness of the value and vulnerability of the Great Lakes. It is recognized as a Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center due to its unique position on the shore of Lake Michigan. Since its inception in 2005, the Great Lakes conservation program at the Shedd Aquarium has worked to spread awareness of freshwater issues to citizens in Chicago as well as throughout the region. Utilizing a combination of advertising (including news, radio, television, and print), public outreach, in-house exhibits, and education programs, the aquarium aims to elevate the Great Lakes into the forefront of environmental consciousness for people across the basin. As the manager of the campaign, Ms. Napoleon will outline not only the ecological threats facing the Lakes today, but pose quick and simple actions that everyday people can do to help protect them.
 

HANDS ON SAFETY with Jay Chrissey and Dan Bascik

Jay Chrissey has spent much of his professional life teaching survival skills to charterboat operators in the Great Lakes to commercial fishermen in Alaska. Jay will present some of the things everyone should consider when venturing out on the water. His seminar will feature preparation, techniques,and actual survival gear including an 8 man life raft which will be opened on site. Jay works around the world and at Parker Sales in Chicago, a mecca for the professional mariner.

2008 Presenters 

Tall Ship Rigs: How to tell your Brig from a Barque with Al Kempf, Jr.

Tall ship rigs are fascinating to look at, and, to most people, they are a maze of puzzling lines and spars. Yet they are based upon rather simple and straight forward systems, and there is a very logical arrangement to the rigs and their development. This session will help you to recognize those wonderful rigs when you have the opportunity to see one or more of the Tall Ships.

Al Kempf Jr. has been sailing since he learned as a teenage Sea Scout in Burnham Harbor, Graduated California Maritime Academy, and Sailed in the Merchant Marine for several years. He helped build and sailed on the three masted schooner Denis Sullivan of Milwaukee and is currently serving as Sailing Master of Michigan Maritime Museum's tall ship Friends Good Will.

Connecting Worlds: The Story of the Chicago Portage

The Friends of the Chicago Portage will present its new documentary video Connecting Worlds, The Story of the Chicago Portage which explores the past and present of the Chicago Portage, the vital trade link that resulted in the creation of our great metropolitan area. 

Jeff Carter, President of Friends of the Chicago Portage, will begin the presentation with a brief history of the Portage followed by the DVD documentary. Gary Mechanic, who founded the organization in 2001 and is the Steward of Portage Woods Forest Preserve, will conclude the presentation by describing how the Chicago Portage is still alive and driving the economic engine of Chicago today. 

The Friends is a volunteer not for profit organization that presents free public tours of the Chicago Portage National Historic Site Spring through Fall and conducts monthly work days throughout the year in Portage Woods Forest Preserve. 

Friends of the Chicago Portage promotes the historic interpretation, ecological restoration and appropriate development of the Chicago Portage National Historic Site through volunteer advocacy, public events and other projects that raise public awareness of its history and significance. More at www.chicagoportage.org

Piratecore: Sea Chanties in the 21st Century with Gerard Heidgerken

As a musical genre, the sea chantey has gone largely unchanged since the age of sail. But where most maritime artists have chosen to embrace and preserve the rich heritage of this music, others have opted to take their fascination with the sea into surprising new directions. This session will explore the development and current state of Piratecore, a relatively young yet incredibly diverse musical genre that blends the traditional sea chantey with such contemporary styles as rock, rap, punk, metal, and more. 

Gerard Heidgerken is the host of Bilgemunky Radio, a weekly online show featuring pirate-themed music from around the world. He comes from a long line of sailors, and served a six-year stint in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S. Enterprise. His love of sea chanties began with Schooner Fare, having first heard them when growing up in Maine.  More information can be found at www.bilgemunky.com and www.bilgemunky.com/radio

THE LEGACY OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE CAPTAINS with Fred Neuschel

The story of Chicago's Christmas Tree Ship is one of the most popular and beloved stories from the history of the Great Lakes. But there were many Christmas tree captains just as there were many Chistmas tree ships. Getting to know the captains reveals a class of sailors whose lives of hard work, danger and adventure were far more varied and interesting than can be seen by their Christmas tree voyages alone. Fred Neuschel will show how these captains helped to establish and shape the history of many communities around the lake. In their bold and often reckless acts they have left not only a legend, but also a legacy. Listeners who are already familiar with the story of Capt. Schuenemann and the schooner Rouse Simmons will gain a much more comprehensive picture of life on Lake Michigan at the end of the 19th century. Listeners who are new to the subject will learn one of those stories that every student of Great Lakes history should know. Mr. Neuschel is the author of the recently released book "Lives and Legends of the Christmas Tree Ships" published by the University of Michigan Press. 

Fred Neuschel is a resident of Crystal Lake, Illinois. He is Vice-President of the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History and the chairperson of the association's Research & Publication Committee. His research has been published in "Inland Seas," "Chicago History," "Wisconsin Magazine of History," "Voyageur" and "Northern Mariner/Le Marin du Nord." He has presented programs at museums and libraries in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan,Ontario and Quebec. Most recently, the University of Michigan Press has published his "Lives and Legends of the Christmas Tree Ships." Fred has also crewed on two of the tall ships that are based on the Great Lakes.

History of the Chicago River in Photographs with Jonathan Genzen

In preparing his 2007 book "The Chicago River: A History in Photographs," author Jonathan R. Genzen researched hundreds of historical images of the Chicago River from libraries, historical collections, newspapers, and private photographers. In this discussion, we will explore the visual history of the Chicago River and the importance of this amazing waterway in the development of Chicago. 

An avid canoeist and former member of the Chicago River Rowing and Paddling Center, Jonathan lived in Evanston during his undergraduate education at Northwestern University, and in Hyde Park while earning his PhD (2002) and MD (2004) from the University of Chicago. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow studying laboratory medicine at Yale University.

TITANIC, The Great Lakes Connections with Cris Kohl and Joan Forsberg

In April, 1912, on the maiden voyage of Titanic, the world's largest and most luxurious passenger ship, 345 of the 1,343 passengers were bound for the Great Lakes region: 61 made Chicago their destinations, 24 aimed for Detroit, while hundreds more headed for smaller locations and rural settings in Ohio, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, western Pennsylvania, western New York state and Ontario. Some were returning to their homes; others hoped to settle in a new land. Some survived the world.s most famous sinking; others never reached their goals. This presentation tells many of their stories, plus tales of Titanic's Great Lakes counterpart ship, artists with strong Titanic / Great Lakes connections, the Great Lakes writer who predicted Titanic's loss 14 years earlier, and consequences to Great Lakes shipping because of Titanic's sinking. (Based on Cris Kohl's book of the same title).

The Art of Ship in a Bottle with Glenn Braun

Learn the art and technique of this centuries old craft from a master along with other ship model building tips and demonstrations. Glenn Braun built his first ship model at age six and has since built models professionally most of his adult life. With hundreds of models, ships-in-the-bottle, wood carvings,and other maritime related arts to his credit, Glenn's work can be seen in museums and private collections all over the globe. After almost twenty years at the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City, Glenn has recently relocated to the Chicago area, wading into the rich traditions of the Great Lakes, the Mississippi, and other waterways of the Midwest.

Weather For Sailors with Amy Seeley

Mariners and landlubber alike will learn much about what goes into a weather forecast. Amy is the Port Meteorological Officer of the Great Lakes and has been with the National Weather Service for 15 years. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in meteorology in 1992 and has received an NWS award for her presentations at the Chicago Maritime Festival.

Nautical Expressions We Use Every Day II with Dan Kasberger

Ahoy! All you Jack Tar shake-a-leg toe-the-line to stand your trick so we can cut loose to skylark before the bosun sounds off to pipe down and lets the cat out of the bag!! With the long history of man on the seas, much of our every day colorful speech has developed from sailors. As ships developed, much of the wealth of the day moved on them and so the responsibility for its sure delivery needed rules and laws to see the cargo safely to port. So the basis of our 'Rules-of-the-Road' started on the waves. In this seminar we will discuss how the ancient mariners have affected us today. Dan Kasberger has a long experience with boat operations including qualifying as a U.S. Coast Guard Coxswain. He has taught Boating Safety, scuba, Seamanship, Navigation, Marlinspike and many other nautical arts. You'll enjoy this delightful visit to the sailor’s long history.

How to become a Shipwreck Detective for Kids (and Adults) with the Underwater Archeological Society of Chicago

Learn about a schooner, its parts, and why these tall ships were important in Chicago's history. See and learn about scuba diving equipment used to be a shipwreck detective and how they find shipwrecks around the Great Lakes and the ocean. Then try to draw the shipwreck like an underwater archaeologist.

History Over the Horizon IV with Kris Habermehl WBBM TV

Join award winning Chicago radio and television reporter Kris Habermehl for the story of Great Lakes shipping in the Chicago and Calumet area as seen from the air. Ride along with WBBM's traffic famous helicopter, "Chopper 780", as it provides a spectacular place to view examples of Chicago's maritime history just "over the horizon". Rare historic footage is also included.

Kris is a lifelong Chicagoan who has been flying since the mid 70's. An early interest in aviation combined with a penchant for local history (especially maritime history) has enabled him to make stories come alive from his post aboard "Chopper 780". He has been on the air since 1992 when he joined Shadow Traffic. Reporting on traffic tie-ups and breaking news led to stints at several Chicago radio stations and also to his longtime assignment with sister station, WBBM-TV (CBS2). Recipient of a regional Emmy for his television reporting, Kris is also the color commentator for WBBM's annual coverage of the Chicago Air & Water Show.

Chicago's Changing Shoreline with Bill Rossberger

Join historian and yachtsman Bill Rossberger for a look at the story of the Lakefront; from shoreline to landfill; from Fort Dearborn to the massive rebuilding after the Great Chicago Fire and the Burnham Plan. If you would like learn the story of our home port, plan to attend!

Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Program

Members will present information about the program and let you know how you can get involved.

Justin "Judd" Goldman was seventeen years old when he suffered a disabling bone disease. After realizing that there were few sports that he could participate in, he discovered sailing. During the next fifty-eight years he competed successfully in many races throughout the world, including over twenty-five Chicago-Mackinac Races, a 333-mile challenge from Chicago to Mackinac Island, Michigan. He founded an Olympic one-design class of sailboats in Chicago, the Dragon class. In 1989, at the age of seventy-five, Judd passed away at a Naples, Florida boatyard.

In 1990, Judd's wife, Sliv, son Peter and daughter Judy established the Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Foundation (JGASF) as a public/private partnership with the Chicago Park District. Today, the adaptive sailing program consists of eight Freedom Independence 20, six Sonar, and four 2.4 meter sailboats. Over one thousand participants experience the joy and independence of sailing each year. The JGASF, in partnership with the Chicago Yacht Club, is very proud to have been chosen for over ten years by US Sailing as the host for the annual national disabled double and single-handed sailing championship, the Independence Cup. 

In 2001, the Foundation embarked on a pilot program with the Chicago Park District designed to teach sailing to Chicago inner-city youth. Ten 7'7" Vanguard Pram sailboats were purchased for use at the beautifully renovated, city water-fed lagoons. Offering an unequaled environment and an extremely rare experience for a big city recreational program, this unique approach brings the program to the neighborhood rather than the neighborhood to the program. The goal for this inner-city youth program is identical to our current mission...helping people to achieve self-esteem and independence.

The Third Coast with Ted McClelland

Ted McClelland is the author of The Third Coast: Sailors, Strippers, Fishermen, Folksingers, Long-Haired Ojibway Painters and God-Save-the-Queen Monarchists of the Great Lakes. In the summer of 2005, he drove the 10,000-mile Great Lakes Circle Tour, traveling as far west as Duluth, Minnesota, and as far east as Kingston, Ontario . to explore the idea that the Lakes are a distinct region of North America, with its own culture and common interests. In Wisconsin, he met David Gumieny, proprietor of the World's Largest Barber Pole. In Minnesota, Harley Toftey, one of the last Norwegian herring fishermen on Lake Superior. In Ontario, Moses Beaver, an Ojibway who still paints in the woodland style. In Michigan, he drank with sailors in a Rogers City bar. To cap it off, McClelland rode the Joseph L. Block from Indiana Harbor to Escanaba, Mich., and back. When he came back home to Chicago, McClelland was convinced that, although they're divided between two countries, the Great Lakes form a freshwater nation of their own. His website is
www.tedmcclelland.com

CHICAGO'S ONE HUNDRED YEAR OLD TREASURE: THE VIKING SHIP with Ralph Frese

Ralph will talk about how the original vessel was discovered and how a replica was built to be sailed to Chicago. Using the memoirs of the captain and a member of the crew about the voyage, he will follow the story from the Columbian Exposition to New Orleans and back to Chicago. You will also be able learn where the Viking Ship is right now! 

Ralph Frese, the canoe guru of the Midwest, is a blacksmith, author, adventurer, environmentalist, canoe builder, and wonderful storyteller. His collection of over 100 small craft is the cornerstone of the Chicago Maritime Society collections. He owns and operates the Chicagoland Canoe Base.

The Challenges of Photography on the Water with Pete Matthews

Photographing on or around the waters presents many challenges not found when photographing on land. Knowledge of rapidly changing conditions of light, the subject, and movement of both the subject and the shooting platform, are all necessary to obtain a good image of boats and/or the marine setting. During this session learn to use some of the tricks used by photographers in this environment. 

Pete Mathews is a lifelong boater and photographer who has studied both subjects most of his life. He has over 40 years in the marine industry both professionally and recreationally. He has been photographing since high school, has studied with a diverse selection of professional photographers, teaches Marine Photography at several venues and is a published photographer.

An Artist Looks at the Great Lakes and the Salt Water Seas with Eric Forsberg

Join Eric Nils Forsberg to see the surprising interaction of how the process of fine artwork comes aboard. Enjoy viewing some of Eric's finished artwork at sea and on the Great Lakes as he talks about his technique and answers questions about his works and his travels.

Eric is one of Chicago's very own established artists. He grew up with a passion for art and attended the American Academy of Art. He studied with the famous Charles Vickery for a period of 10 years and also received guidance from Thomas Hoyne III. To further Eric's understanding of the relationship and rules between sky and water, he took to the sea working on lobster boats, fishing trawlers, tall ships and sailed the Great Lakes allowing him to paint water with great conviction and knowledge.

His passion and excitement for historical and modern day ships is evident as their stories unfold on his canvas. Whether in the Great Lakes, the Indiana Dunes or out at sea, Eric captures the moment.

Getting Started in Building Wooden Ship Models with Kurt VanDahm

Information for the starting ship modeler; Basics of modeling ships, mistakes not to make, tools you do and don't need, information sources and modeling tips. The presentation will be geared to the experience and interest level of the audience.

Kurt Van Dahm lives in Westmont, IL and is a professional model builder. He is also a contributing editor to Ships in Scale Magazine and has authored many articles on how to build a model ship and related modeling subjects. Kurt is the president of the Nautical Research & Model Ship Society of Chicago, a director of the Nautical Research Guild, and member of the Chicago Maritime Society, Midwest Model Shipwrights, and the North Shore Deadeyes. 

He is Badger Air-Brush Company's Marine Hobby Consultant and developer of their Modelflex Marine Paints and teaches air brushing techniques to model builders for Badger. He was a founding partner in Pacific Tall Ships Co. and Gallery headquartered in Lemont, IL and Manila, PI. PTS employed 50+ Manila residents building highly detailed sailing ship models that are owned by many heads of state, CEO.s and model ship collectors.

THE ENDURANCE: History's Greatest Shipwreck with Rochelle Pennington

Join award-winning author Rochelle Pennington for a program detailing one of the most extraordinary events in maritime history-the Antarctica expedition of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew of 27 men aboard the ship Endurance.

Pennington traveled to the countries of England and Scotland to research the epic adventure, a story which has inspired generations over the past century, provoking management studies in motivational principles. 

Journal entries penned by crewmembers who served on board Endurance pay tribute to the unique and effective leadership style Shackleton used to safely deliver every one of his men from two years of disaster and perils in the frozen world of Antarctica where danger threatened life, limb and sanity. Their plight has been called "the greatest survival story of all time".

Pennington's slide presentation will be complemented by dozens of century-old photographs documenting the journey. 

Rochelle Pennington is the author of seven books, including The Endurance, The Christmas Tree Ship and The Historic Christmas Tree Ship.

Lost Ships and Airplanes: The World of A & T Recovery with Taras Lyssenko

Join Taras Lyssenko and friends for an update on the discovery, research and recovery of Great Lakes wrecks in our area. A&T Recovery, a Chicago based firm, has recovered 31 WWII planes from Lake Michigan on behalf of the National Museum of Naval Aviation. They have also located an early Holocene forest underwater, and dozens of shipwrecks including the schooner Wells Burt, the Wings of the Wind, the Rotarian, and the former German WWII U-boat UC-97. "Butch" O'Hare's F4F-3 Wildcat fighter plane, recovered by A&T, can be found displyed at the airport bearing his name.

Hands On, Michigan Maritime Museum with The Michigan Maritime Museum

The Michigan Maritime Museum is dedicated to the preservation of Michigan Great Lakes waterways, maritime history and culture. The Captain and crew of the 1810 Great Lakes Replica Sloop, Friends Good Will, out of the Museum in South Haven, Michigan, will be on hand to talk about Chicago during its first decade and a half at their exhibit "Trade of Times" in the Chicago Room South -- discover the history, learn sail theory and more! Or make your own turk's head bracelet in the North Crown Room.

THE HISTORY AND FUTURE OF THE CHICAGO MARITIME SOCIETY with Ralph Frese

Ralph Frese, one of the founders and board members of CMS, will give a retrospective about the collections, activities and achievements of the organization. He will also discuss the possibility of a maritime museum for Chicago.

Great Lakes Conservation Awareness at Shedd Aquarium with Sandy Somodi of the John G. Shedd Aquarium

The Great Lakes, holding 20% of the world's usable fresh water, are an invaluable resource, yet they are vulnerable to a number of threats that are becoming increasingly dangerous to the ecosystem, as well as to the people who live near their shores. The Shedd Aquarium is fortunate to have this national treasure in its backyard and is committed to raising awareness of the value and vulnerability of the Great Lakes. It is recognized as a Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center due to its unique position on the shore of Lake Michigan. Since its inception in 2005, the Great Lakes conservation program at the Shedd Aquarium has worked to spread awareness of freshwater issues to citizens in Chicago as well as throughout the region. Utilizing a combination of advertising (including news, radio, television, and print), public outreach, in-house exhibits, and education programs, the aquarium aims to elevate the Great Lakes into the forefront of environmental consciousness for people across the basin. As the manager of the campaign, Ms. Napoleon will outline not only the ecological threats facing the Lakes today, but pose quick and simple actions that everyday people can do to help protect them.

HANDS ON SAFETY with Jay Chrissey and Dan Bascik

Jay Chrissey has spent much of his professional life teaching survival skills to charterboat operators in the Great Lakes to commercial fishermen in Alaska. Jay will present some of the things everyone should consider when venturing out on the water. His seminar will feature preparation, techniques,and actual survival gear including an 8 man life raft which will be opened on site. Jay works around the world and at Parker Sales in Chicago, a mecca for the professional mariner.

 

 2007 Presenters

History Over the Horizon with Kris Habermehl WBBM TV

Join award winning Chicago radio and television reporter Kris Habermehl for the story of Great Lakes shipping in the Chicago and Calumet area as seen from the air. Ride along with WBBM's traffic famous helicopter, "Chopper 780", as it provides a spectacular place to view examples of Chicago's maritime history just "over the horizon". Rare historic footage is also included. Kris is a lifelong Chicagoan who has been flying since the mid 70's. An early interest in aviation combined with a penchant for local history (especially maritime history) has enabled him to make stories come alive from his post aboard "Chopper 780". He has been on the air since 1992 when he joined Shadow Traffic. Reporting on traffic tie-ups and breaking news led to stints at several Chicago radio stations and also to his longtime assignment with sister station, WBBM-TV (CBS2). Recipient of a regional Emmy for his television reporting, Kris is also the color commentator for WBBM's annual coverage of the Chicago Air & Water Show.
 

Shipwrecks at Death's Door with Cris Kohl and Joan Forsberg

The concepts of "shipwrecks" and "death" go hand-in-hand, even more dramatically so when they occurred at a place called Death's Door, the most treacherous passageway between Lake Michigan and Green Bay. Dive to the remains of the schooners "E. R. Williams" and "Fleetwing," and to the notorious Pilot Island shipwrecks. Thrill to exciting underwater explorations of the steamer "Frank O.Connor" and the scow "Ocean Wave," and enjoy tales of lost shipwrecks awaiting discovery, featuring ground-breaking research and glimpses of the extensive maritime activity in this infamous region. This new seminar is based on "Shipwrecks at Death's Door" the newest book by Cris Kohl
and Joan Forsberg. Joan, who holds a degree in history, has been the Chairman of the "Shipwrecks and our Marine Heritage" Room at Chicago's annual "Our World Underwater" Show since 1996, is the author of "The Diver's Guide to the Kitchen". Her writing has also appeared in Immersed and Wreck Diving magazines. Cris, a prize-winning underwater photographer with a Master's Degree in History, is a Past President of the Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago. He has written 11 books about Great Lakes shipwrecks, including the bestselling "The Great Lakes Diving Guide" and the revised two-volume set, "The 100 Best Great Lakes Shipwrecks". He has appeared on numerous television programs, including on the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and CBS-Chicago. 

Bright Lights, Big City: Chicago's Lighthouse History with Donald J. Terras

Come on an historical tour of lighthouses, without leaving the festival, that have marked Chicago's port since 1832. Mr. Terras is an author and director of the Grosse Point Lighthouse National Landmark in Evanston. This seminar is based on his new book, "Lighthouses of Chicago Harbor: Their History, Architecture and Lore" (Windy City Press, 2006).
 

Seagoing Artist with Eric Forsberg

Join Eric Forsberg for a look at his own maritime art and the striking images that result from going to sea. One of Chicago's own, Eric was born in 1959 and still resides in the Chicago area. At an early age his interest in painting grew and after attending the American Academy of Art, Eric studied with maritime greats Charles Vickery and Thomas Hoyne III. He also took to the sea himself aboard sailing vessels and worked as a lobsterman in Maine. Eric is well known for capturing the moods of ocean views with an eye for detail as well as a painterly touch. His work focuses on the Atlantic Ocean, shorelines, lobster boats, fishing trawlers and tall ships.
 

Weather Forecasting with Amy Seeley

Mariners and landlubber alike will learn much about what goes into a weather forecast. Amy is the Port Meteorological Officer of the Great Lakes and has been with the National Weather Service for 15 years. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in meteorology in 1992 and has received an NWS award for her presentations at the Chicago Maritime Festival.
 

The Christmas Tree Ship with Rochelle Pennington

Join author Rochelle Pennington for a look at Capt. Herman Schuenemann, also known as Capt. Santa, and most famous of the Christmas Tree ships, the schooner Rouse Simmons, which was lost in the Winter of 1912. Rochelle, a freelance author and newspaper columnist, has penned The Christmas Tree Ship: The Story of Captain Santa, which featured the marine artwork of the late Charles Vickery, and The Historic Christmas Tree Ship: A True Story of Faith, Hope, and Love. Other works include Chicken Soup for the Soul, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, and Stories for the Heart. 
 

The Art of Ship in a Bottle with Glenn Braun

Learn the art and technique of this centuries old craft from a master along with other ship model building tips and demonstrations.

Glenn Braun built his first ship model at age six and has since built models professionally most of his adult life. With hundreds of models, ships-in-the-bottle, wood carvings,and other maritime related arts to his credit, Glenn's work can be seen in museums and private collections all over the globe. After almost twenty years at the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City, Glenn has recently relocated to the Chicago area, wading into the rich traditions of the Great Lakes, the Mississippi, and other waterways of the Midwest.
 

The Diver as Artist with Michael Angelo Gagliardi

"If you haven't surveyed it, you haven't dived it" are words that Michael Angelo Gagliardi lives by. For him art is a form of survey, a mirror to reflect back an event or observation; be it an historical event such as a shipwreck or a geological formation as an underwater cave, or assorted marine flora and fauna. Drawing, for Michael, adds another layer to dive site survey besides cartography and photography.
 

The seminar will focus on Michael Angelo's experience as a diver and an artist and will explore techniques of bringing the "Wet World" to the surface including drawing from memory, on site on mylar, and from photo montage. 

Michael Angelo Gagliardi was born in New York City in 1962 to Irish and Italian Parents. He received a B.F.A. in painting and sculpture and a M.A. in Theatrical Design from C.W. College of Long Island University in 1985. He became a certified scuba diver in 1996 and has since received certifications in technical diving. Michael Angelo has a particular fascination with the caves and springs of Florida and the shipwrecks of the Great Lakes. His was honored when he was chosen to be a diver/artist aboard the 2002 USS Monitor expedition which raised the gun turret. He has, since 1989, lived in Chicago where he works as a Stagehand doing sets, lights and props for Broadway Musicals. He has a non-diving wife and two children who continue to be entertained by his stories from a "Wet World". 

The Venturesome Voyages of JC Voss with Ralph Frese

Join Ralph Frese for the story of JC Voss, sea captain, author, and intrepid adventurer who sailed nearly around the world aboard Tilikum, a tiny decked dugout canoe (3 masted !). Voss searched for lost treasure, survived typhoons and escaped from encounters with cannibals. Ralph Frese, the canoe guru of the Midwest, is a blacksmith, author, adventurer, environmentalist, canoe builder, and wonderful storyteller. His collection of over 100 small craft is the cornerstone of the Chicago Maritime Society collections. He owns and operates the Chicagoland Canoe Base.

The Eastland Disaster with Jay Bonansinga -This presentation has been cancelled.

Come join the author the Chicago Tribune calls "one of the most imaginative writer's of thrillers" as he demonstrates why truth is indeed stranger than fiction in the case of the doomed excursion vessel the S.S. Eastland. Jay's 2005 non-fiction narrative book THE SINKING OF THE EASTLAND: AMERICA'S FORGOTTEN TRAGEDY (Kensington Books) was a CHICAGO READER Critic's Choice, and won the Illinois State Historical Society's Certificate of Superior Achievement. Among other things, Jay will discuss the 'mythologizing' of this important Chicago maritime disaster, as well as read brief excerpts from the book.
 

The National Archives in Chicago with Martin Tuohy

Perhaps the largest collection of unique, original historical documents about Great Lakes maritime life and commerce can be found in Chicago at the National Archives and Records Administration-Great Lakes Region. Historical records created or received by U.S. Government agencies such as the U.S. Coast Guard, the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation, the U.S. Customs Service, and Great Lakes Naval Training Station are available for public research use at the National Archives-Great Lakes Region. Admiralty case records of the United States District Courts from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota contain evidence about disputes and controversies on navigable waterways as far back as 1815. Handwritten and typed documents, maps, photographs, and charts were created by U.S. Government workers during the course of daily business.
 

A National Archives-Great Lakes Region staff archivist will offer a short workshop about using federal records for research into the history of sailing and steam ships, sailors, the transportation of commodities and finished products over the water, and the transportation of people by excursion vessels and railroad car ferries. Archivists will also be on hand to discuss resources and research throughout the day. Motivated grade school students, high school students, and adults who are new to the methods of historical research are especially encouraged to attend. Get ready for your visit by visiting www.archives.gov/great-lakes/chicago or calling (773) 948-9001. 

The Chicago Police Marine Unit with Lt. Steve Georgas

Meet the new head of the Marine Police Unit and discover how the they work, alone and with other agencies, along the shore of Chicago. They deal all sorts of marine problems and work with other agencies to solve problems on the water even before they happen. If you spend any time on or near the water in Chicago you will want to know these people.
 

Fox Island Lighthouse with Phil von Voigtlander

The Fox Islands are located near the head of Lake Michigan and are associated with areas of shoaling that present a serious hazard to shipping. The Lighthouse was originally placed in service in 1867 steadily developed up through the 1940's only to be abandon in 1958 and left to deteriorate. Phil will introduce you to the history of this large but physically isolated Light Station and invite you to assist in the ongoing effort to protect it. He is the Island Project Manager and Secretary/Treasurer of the Fox Island Lighthouse Association. After a century of protecting mariners the lighthouse now needs your help.
 

The History of Chicago's Lakefront and Harbors with Bill Rossberger

Join historian and yachtsman Bill Rossberger for a look at the story of the Lakefront; from shoreline to landfill; from Fort Dearborn to the massive rebuilding after the Great Chicago Fire and the Burnham Plan. If you would like learn the story of our home port, plan to attend!

A Chicago Maritime Museum with Jerry Thomas

The time is ripe for the development of a Chicago Maritime Museum on the Lake front to display Chicago's rich maritime history. Join sailor and CMS board member Jerry Thomas for a look at this heritage.
 

Life Before the Mast: Daily Life of a Lake Mariner in the Age of Sail with Ted Karamanski

What was life like for the mariners who crewed the hundreds of windjammers that entered or cleared Chicago each day during the sailing ship era? Through illustrations and photographs, this presentation will open a portal on the long lost world of the average lake sailor, following the lakemen (and women) from the forecastle to the crosstrees, from the galley to riverfront dives.

Theodore J. Karamanski is Professor of History at Loyola University. He is the author of six books including Schooner Passage: Sailing Ships and the Lake Michigan Frontier and Maritime Chicago. 

Preserving Chicago's Wooden Boats with Toby Lindo

At the 1995 Wooden Boat Festival in Montrose Harbor, 60 boats rafted off the Montrose Harbor Fairway. Last summer, at the Tall Ship Festival, we were able to muster six vessels from Chicago for public viewing. This is a good index of the extinction of wooden boating looming ahead for Chicago. It also shows why single ownership is a failed model, if the goal is to preserve our wooden boating heritage. This presentation will explore the reasons for this precipitous decline, discuss the history of the oldest power and sailboats still moored in Chicago waters, and present a possible way to save these vessels, and possibly others, so we can preserve what is left of our maritime heritage.

Toby Lindo is a past Commodore of the Heritage Boat Club and the steward of two of Chicago's oldest wooden vessels. The Robert Allan II, a 40' sedan cruiser and the oldest power boat still moored in Chicago, was the platform for the WTTW - Channel 11 documentary, "Chicago by Boat, which has been run many times since its first airing in December of 2005. The Wild Goose, a 48' schooner launched in 1929, returned to Chicago for the first time since 1930, last Summer. 

Friends of the Chicago River: Changing A River's Bleak Past with Joni Marin / Friends of the Chicago River

Join Friends of the Chicago River's Education Coordinator, Joni Marin for highlights of Friends' accomplishments in improving "Chicago's Second Shoreline" for more than 25 years. Listen to stories of the organization's early years, anecdotes from school children on river field trips, and tales of the recently opened McCormick Tribune Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum. Discover Friends.'newly launched Clean Water Campaign and the organization's hopes for the future. The mission of Friends of the Chicago River is to preserve, protect, and foster the vitality of the Chicago River for the plant, animal, and human communities within its watershed.
 

Great Lakes Conservation Awareness at Shedd Aquarium with Melanie Napoleon of the John G. Shedd Aquarium

The Great Lakes, holding 20% of the world's usable fresh water, are an invaluable resource, yet they are vulnerable to a number of threats that are becoming increasingly dangerous to the ecosystem, as well as to the people who live near their shores. The Shedd Aquarium is fortunate to have this national treasure in its backyard and is committed to raising awareness of the value and vulnerability of the Great Lakes. It is recognized as a Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center due to its unique position on the shore of Lake Michigan. Since its inception in 2005, the Great Lakes conservation program at the Shedd Aquarium has worked to spread awareness of freshwater issues to citizens in Chicago as well as throughout the region. Utilizing a combination of advertising (including news, radio, television, and print), public outreach, in-house exhibits, and education programs, the aquarium aims to elevate the Great Lakes into the forefront of environmental consciousness for people across the basin. As the manager of the campaign, Ms. Napoleon will outline not only the ecological threats facing the Lakes today, but pose quick and simple actions that everyday people can do to help protect them.
 

Today's Christmas Tree Ship with Capt. George Lisner

In the early 1900s, Herman Schuenemann was a known vendor in the Marine Christmas tree trade. Capt. Schuenemann had a crew who would cut trees from the northern woods of Michigan, strap them down upon his ship and then set sail for Chicago. Once in port, he would sell the trees off the deck of the sailing vessel Rouse Simmons. Every year, families and their children would gather at the pier and anxiously await the arrival of the "Christmas Ship". On November 23rd, 1912, during a fierce winter storm with his ship covered with ice Capt. Schuenemann and his crew of seventeen with approximately 5000 fresh-cut trees sank, not far from the shores of Two Rivers

Since Christmas 2000 the marine community of Chicago pulled together to raise money to procure over 8,000 Christmas trees for disadvantaged families. Join Captain George Lisner for the story of the modern day Christmas Ship in Chicago. 

For the last two years Captain Lisner has served as Chairman of Chicago.s Christmas Ship and a member of its Executive Committee since it.s beginning in 2000. A professional mariner, he has been Master of the four-masted schooner Windy for the past two years and President of the Chicago Lodge, International Shipmasters. Association this past year. He currently holds seats on the Board of Directors for Chicago Maritime Society and Chicago Council, Navy League of US and is Past Commodore of Chicago Yachting Association and Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club. 

Great Lakes Invaders with Tom Kelly

The Great Lakes is under invasion by organisms from outside the watershed. What are these organisms, how did they get here, and what can be done about them? Join Capt. Tom Kelly, sailor, marine biologist, and executive director of the Inland Seas Education Association of Suttons Bay, MI for a look at this phenomena as well as the shipboard and shore based education programs of the ISEA.
 

Fiery Holocaust on the Great Lakes: The Peshtigo Fire with Philip R. Elmes

 The smoke was so dense that the vessel had to be steered by compass. The fire on the east side of the bay stretched in an unbroken line from the eastern shore of Lake Winnebago to the northern tip of the northeastern peninsula, a full 150 miles. The sun was totally obscured for a distance of 200 miles. So goes the description of a Lake boat passenger in the Fall of 1871 who witnessed the effect of the largest and most devastating fire in Great Lakes history. Because it took place during the same weekend as the Great Chicago Fire, relative few remember it today. For Chicago, the Great Fire became an historic turning point, a source of rejuvenation and civic pride. For the survivors of Peshtigo, Manistee, and White Rock there was only remembrance of the terror, of the awesome power of Nature, and the knowledge that everything was forever changed. Learn more about this frightening and fascinating event and how it affected life around the Great Lakes for years after, with Phil Elmes, an historian and founder of the Chicago Maritime Society. 

How to become a Shipwreck Detective for Kids (and Adults) with the Underwater Archeological Society of Chicago

Learn about a schooner, its parts, and why these tall ships were important in Chicago's history. See and learn about scuba diving equipment used to be a shipwreck detective and how they find shipwrecks around the Great Lakes and the ocean. Then try to draw the shipwreck like an underwater archaeologist.
 

A Natural History of the Chicago Region with Joel Greenberg

Join author and naturalist Joel Greenberg for a look at how eco-systems have changed since the arrival of European settlement. This seminar will be based on Joel's landmark book of the same title.
 

Fancy Knotwork and Marlinspike Seamanship with the International Guild of Knot Tyers

From the overhand to the bowline. Knots, hitches, splices and more! Get together with the Guild for a true hands on experience!
 

Nautical Expressions We Use Every Day with Dan Kasberger

Ahoy! All you Jack Tar shake-a-leg toe-the-line to stand your trick so we can cut loose to skylark before the bosun sounds off to pipe down and lets the cat out of the bag!! With the long history of man on the seas, much of our every day colorful speech has developed from sailors. As ships developed, much of the wealth of the day moved on them and so the responsibility for its sure delivery needed rules and laws to see the cargo safely to port. So the basis of our 'Rules-of-the-Road' started on the waves. In this seminar we will discuss how the ancient mariners have affected us today. Dan Kasberger has a long experience with boat operations including qualifying as a U.S. Coast Guard Coxswain. He has taught Boating Safety, scuba, Seamanship, Navigation, Marlinspike and many other nautical arts. You'll enjoy this delightful visit to the sailors long history.


 

2006 Presenters

  

Great Lakes! Great Wrecks! with Cris Kohl and Joan Forsberg

Exciting historical research plus underwater explorations of the best shipwrecks in all five of the Great Lakes, from the schooner Annie Falconer in Lake Ontario to the steamer America at Isle Royale in Lake Superior. Based in part on Kohl.s article in Skin Diver Magazine, and his newly revised and updated books, The 100 Best Great Lakes Shipwrecks, Volumes I and II. Joan, who hold a degree in history, has been the Chairman of the .Shipwrecks and our Marine Heritage. Room at Chicago.s annual .Our World . Underwater. Show since 1996, is the author of the .Diver.s Guide to the Kitchen.. Her writing has also appeared in Immersed and Wreck Diving magazines. Cris, a prize-winning underwater photographer with a Master.s Degree in History, is a Past President of the Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago. He has written ten books about Great Lakes shipwrecks, including the bestselling The Great Lakes Diving Guide and the recently updated and revised two-volume set, The 100 Best Great Lakes Shipwrecks. He has appeared on numerous television programs, including on the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and CBS-Chicago. His newest book is Shipwreck Tales of the Great Lakes.
 

Joshua Slocum: the First Cruiser with Bill Strauss

Captain Slocum commanded some of the finest tall ships that ever sailed the seas. On April 24, 1895, broke and 51 years old, he departed Boston in his tiny sloop Spray, a decrepit oyster dredger that he rebuilt himself. He sailed around the world single-handed, a passage of 46,000 miles, returning to Newport, Rhode Island on June 27, 1898. This historic achievement made him the patron saint of small-boat voyagers, navigators and adventurers all over the world. Despite leaving school after the third grade, he became an accomplished writer. His dry wit, wry humor and Yankee observations about nature led some to call him a "sea-locked Thoreau". His book Sailing Alone Around the World, published in 1900, has been translated into many languages and has never been out of print. Bill Strauss will "introduce" you to Joshua Slocum and take the audience through several of the most celebrated parts of the voyage sharing several items from Strauss’ personal Joshua Slocum collection.
 

William Strauss has been a boat owner who has been sailing on Lake Michigan since 1984. He has been a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary since 1992, serving as Flotilla Commander for the downtown Chicago unit, leading it to be recognized as the most active flotilla in the Ninth District, Western Region. He has also served as the District’s Public Education Officer, being presented the Most Effective District Staff Officer Award. He has also won first place for Public Education Instructor numerous times. He has taught all the classes offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He is a founding member of the Chicago Maritime Festival and acts as one of its associate directors. He is an active member of the Joshua Slocum Society International. 

John Loftus' Seminar on Tugs

John Loftus uses words and pictures to give a history of tugs and workboats on Chicago's lakefront and inland waterways. Their contribution is significant in the development of the city. He will also take us on an up close and personal tour of the submerged remains of some tugs that have been located on the bottom of Lake Michigan. John is a Great Lakes diver and vice president of the Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago.
 

Massacre and Mayhem on the Great Lakes: The War of 1812 with Cobie Ball and Jim Spurr

The Fort Dearborn Massacre, conceivably one of the most horrific incidents to take place in Chicago, marked the beginning of brutal events on the Great Lakes in connection with the War of 1812. The merchant sloop turned man-o-war, Friends Good Will, was witness to the pivotal events of this struggle to defend the American frontier. Through the experiences of Friends Good Will, learn the Great Lakes role in the War of 1812 . the challenges, the feats and failures, and the impact on the people of the Great Lakes region. Images, illustrations, and maps will help to illustrate the turbulent times and course of the War of 1812 on the Great Lakes. The historic replica ship, Friends Good Will, now plies the waters of the Great Lakes. Owned and operated by the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven for educational programming, you can become involved in maritime and sailing experiences that distinguish Friends Good Will as the flag ship of living history. Applications for the volunteer Ship.s Company will be available. Jim Spurr is a US Coast Guard licensed master and Cobie Ball is the curator of Collections and Exhibits at the Michigan Maritime Museum.
 

Seagoing Artist with Eric Forsberg

Join Eric Forsberg for a look at his own maritime art and the striking images that result from going to sea. One of Chicago's own, Eric was born in 1959 and still resides in the Chicago area. At an early age his interest in painting grew and after attending the American Academy of Art, Eric studied with maritime greats Charles Vickery and Thomas Hoyne III. He also took to the sea himself aboard sailing vessels and worked as a lobsterman in Maine. Eric is well known for capturing the moods of ocean views with an eye for detail as well as a painterly touch. His work focuses on the Atlantic Ocean, shorelines, lobster boats, fishing trawlers and tall ships.
 

History Over the Horizon with Kris Habermehl WBBM TV

Join award winning Chicago radio and television reporter Kris Habermehl for the story of Great Lakes shipping in the Chicago and Calumet area as seen from the air. Ride along with WBBM's traffic famous helicopter, "Chopper 780", as it provides a spectacular place to view examples of Chicago's maritime history just "over the horizon". Rare historic footage is also included. Kris is a lifelong Chicagoan who has been flying since the mid 70's. An early interest in aviation combined with a penchant for local history (especially maritime history) has enabled him to make stories come alive from his post aboard "Chopper 780". He has been on the air since 1992 when he joined Shadow Traffic. Reporting on traffic tie-ups and breaking news led to stints at several Chicago radio stations and also to his longtime assignment with sister station, WBBM-TV (CBS2). Recipient of a regional Emmy for his television reporting, Kris is also the color commentator for WBBM's annual coverage of the Chicago Air & Water Show.
 

Friends of the Chicago River: 25 Years and Flowing with Joni Marin

The mission of the Friends of the Chicago River is to preserve, protect, and foster the vitality of the Chicago River for the plant, animal, and human communities within its watershed. They achieve this mission through 3 program areas: Education Programs that foster awareness, involvement, and stewardship ethic; On-the-Ground Projects that physically improve the quality of the Chicago River, and Policy and Planning Efforts that result in systematic river improvements. Join the Friends Education Coordinator Joni Marin for highlights of FOCR's last 25 years of service to Chicago's Second Shoreline and hopes for the next 25 years.
 

Weather Forecasting with Amy Seeley

Mariners and landlubber alike will learn much about what goes into a weather forecast. Amy is the Port Meteorological Officer of the Great Lakes and has been with the National Weather Service for 15 years. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in meteorology in 1992 and has received an NWS award for her presentations at the Chicago Maritime Festival.
 

Chicagoland's Coast Guard with Herbert "Jim" Harmon 

Join "Jim" Harmon, Commanding Officer at US Coast Guard Stations Calumet Harbor and Chicago Marine Safety Station, for a look at the history of Chicago's Coast Guard -- From Wilmette Harbor to Calumet Harbor starting from the days of the Life Saving Service. This unique Coast Guard perspective of activities includes highlights of some of the more daring rescues, tragedies, and oddities encountered by the area's Coast Guard. 

The Christmas Tree Ship with Rochelle Pennington

Join author Rochelle Pennington for a look at Capt. Herman Schuenemann, also known as Capt. Santa, and most famous of the Christmas Tree ships, the schooner Rouse Simmons, which was lost in the Winter of 1912. Rochelle, a freelance author and newspaper columnist, has penned The Christmas Tree Ship: The Story of Captain Santa, which featured the marine artwork of the late Charles Vickery, and The Historic Christmas Tree Ship: A True Story of Faith, Hope, and Love. Other works include Chicken Soup for the Soul, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, and Stories for the Heart.
 

The Art of Ship in a Bottle with Glenn Braun

Learn the art and technique of this centuries old craft from a master along with other ship model building tips and demonstrations.

Glenn Braun built his first ship model at age six and has since built models professionally most of his adult life. With hundreds of models, ships-in-the-bottle, wood carvings,and other maritime related arts to his credit, Glenn's work can be seen in museums and private collections all over the globe. After almost twenty years at the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City, Glenn has recently relocated to the Chicago area, wading into the rich traditions of the Great Lakes, the Mississippi, and other waterways of the Midwest.
 

The Diver as Artist with Michael Angelo Gagliardi

"If you haven't surveyed it, you haven't dived it" are words that Michael Angelo Gagliardi lives by. For him, art is a form of survey, a mirror to reflect back an event or observation; be it an historical event such as a shipwreck or a geological formation as an underwater cave, or assorted marine flora and fauna. Drawing, for Michael, adds another layer to dive site survey besides cartography and photography.
 

The seminar will focus on Michael Angelo's experience as a diver and an artist and will explore techniques of bringing the "Wet World" to the surface including drawing from memory, on site on mylar, and from photo montage. 

Michael Angelo Gagliardi was born in New York City in 1962 to Irish and Italian Parents. He received a B.F.A. in painting and sculpture and a M.A. in Theatrical Design from C.W. College of Long Island University in 1985. He became a certified scuba diver in 1996 and has since received certifications in technical diving. Michael Angelo has a particular fascination with the caves and springs of Florida and the shipwrecks of the Great Lakes. His was honored when he was chosen to be a diver/artist aboard the 2002 USS Monitor expedition which raised the gun turret. He has, since 1989, lived in Chicago where he works as a Stagehand doing sets, lights and props for Broadway Musicals. He has a non-diving wife and two children who continue to be entertained by his stories from a "Wet World". 

Chicago Shipwrecks and Nautical Archaeological Techniques with Jim Jarecki and Roger Barski

Join Jim and Roger for an overview of the various kinds of submerged cultural resources that lay beneath the waters off Chicago including coral reefs, ancient forests, schooners, steamers and even submarines. Followed by a discussion of the underwater archaeological techniques used to discover and study these resources.
 

Jim is an amateur historian and underwater photographer. He holds degrees in philosophy, physiology and business management and owns an industrial graphics company in Indiana. Jim is also the President of the Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago. 

Roger J. Barski started his photography career shooting weddings for a small Southside studio in Chicago during the early 1970's. He later opened his own commercial photography studio, and taught basic and advanced photography courses Chicago's Daley College.  He moved into the motion picture production field in 1980 after graduating from the Community Film Workshop of Chicago and immediately began working on independent film projects, industrial films, television commercials, and major motion pictures. Roger produced and directed his first motion picture, CHAINS, that was released worldwide to theaters, video, and laser disk in 1990. He retired in 2005 and currently devotes his time working in underwater archaeology with the Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago (UASC). 

The Venturesome Voyages of J.C. Voss with Ralph Frese - This presentation has been cancelled. 

The Eastland Disaster with Jay Bonansinga

Come join the author the Chicago Tribune calls "one of the most imaginative writer's of thrillers" as he demonstrates why truth is indeed stranger than fiction in the case of the doomed excursion vessel the S.S. Eastland. Jay's 2005 non-fiction narrative book 
The Sinking of the Eastland: America's Forgotten Tragedy (Kensington Books) was a CHICAGO READER Critic's Choice, and won the Illinois State Historical Society's Certificate of Superior Achievement. Among other things, Jay will discuss the 'mythologizing' of this important Chicago maritime disaster, as well as read brief excerpts from the book. 

Model Boat Building: From A to Z with Kurt van Dahm

You may be someone who has always wanted to build a model boat but have never gotten around to it. Or, perhaps, you have started a model or two but have never seen it through; this is the seminar for you. Topics covered include how to get started, picking a subject, selecting a kit, building the model, how to display your completed model, and how to find other model builders including model ship clubs throughout the Chicago area.
 

Kurt Van Dahm lives in Westmont, IL and is a professional model builder. He is also a contributing editor to Ships in Scale Magazine and has authored many articles on how to build a model ship and related modeling subjects. Kurt is the president of the Nautical Research & Model Ship Society of Chicago, a director of the Nautical Research Guild, and member of the Chicago Maritime Society, Midwest Model Shipwrights, and the North Shore Deadeyes. 

He is Badger Air-Brush Company's Marine Hobby Consultant and developer of their Modelflex Marine Paints and teaches air brushing techniques to model builders for Badger. He was a founding partner in Pacific Tall Ships Co. and Gallery headquartered in Lemont, IL and Manila, PI. PTS employed 50+ Manila residents building highly detailed sailing ship models that are owned by many heads of state, CEO.s and model ship collectors. 

The National Archives in Chicago with Martin Tuohy

Perhaps the largest collection of unique, original historical documents about Great Lakes maritime life and commerce can be found in Chicago at the National Archives and Records Administration-Great Lakes Region. Historical records created or received by U.S. Government agencies such as the U.S. Coast Guard, the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation, the U.S. Customs Service, and Great Lakes Naval Training Station are available for public research use at the National Archives-Great Lakes Region. Admiralty case records of the United States District Courts from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota contain evidence about disputes and controversies on navigable waterways as far back as 1815. Handwritten and typed documents, maps, photographs, and charts were created by U.S. Government workers during the course of daily business.
 

A National Archives-Great Lakes Region staff archivist will offer a short workshop about using federal records for research into the history of sailing and steam ships, sailors, the transportation of commodities and finished products over the water, and the transportation of people by excursion vessels and railroad car ferries. Archivists will also be on hand to discuss resources and research throughout the day. Motivated grade school students, high school students, and adults who are new to the methods of historical research are especially encouraged to attend. Get ready for your visit by visiting www.archives.gov/great-lakes/chicago or calling (773) 948-9001. 

The Chicago Police Marine Unit with Lt. Steve Georgas

Meet the new head of the Marine Police Unit and discover how the they work, alone and with other agencies, along the shore of Chicago. They deal all sorts of marine problems and work with other agencies to solve problems on the water even before they happen. If you spend any time on or near the water in Chicago you will want to know these people.
 

The Great Lakes: Vital, Valuable and... Vulnerable? with Melanie Napoleon of the Shedd Aquarium

Yes, the Great Lakes are all these things. We all have a responsibility to protect, conserve, and restore the Great Lakes, not for a single interest, but for our families, wildlife and the future. Melanie, the manager of the Great Lakes Awareness Campaign at the John G. Shedd Aquarium, will discuss the major threats facing the Lakes right now, and what we can all do to help them remain a vital part of our quality of life in this region.
 

The Fox Island Lighthouse Association with John Nelson

The South Fox Island lighthouse was built in 1867 on the southern tip of the island. The island lies about 16 1/2 miles north-northwest of Cathead Point, Northport at the tip of Leelanau County, Michigan, making it the most isolated island in Lake Michigan. The USCG abandoned the light, and left it to decay in 1959.
 

The Fox Island Association FILA - a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization - was formed in September of 2004 with the sole desire to work with the state of Michigan in restoring this historic property. They have assembled an association of many key people who plan to work side-by-side with us to reach this goal. 

John Nelson is a sixth generation Northporter with strong ties to the light and to Leelanau County. His great uncle was lightkeeper on South Fox Island and his grandfather was lightkeeper on nearby North Manitou Island. John is a graduate of the Annapolis Naval Academy, a Navy Veteran and Baykeeper (R) for the Watershed Center in Traverse City, MI. 

Tall Ships with Patricia Lock

Ms. Lock will present a photo discussion on the 20+ visiting ships for Tall Ships Chicago arriving on August 3. The fleet of historic, attraction and environmental vessels as well as a few film stars will come from the East Coast, Great Lakes, Canada and the Cook Islands. Returning to Chicago will be the 176' Barque Picton CastleTON, which is sailing around the world right now, and the U.S. Brig Niagara, of Erie, PA, the largest ship in the fleet at 198' and a historic replica of Admiral Hazard Perry's victorious vessel from the 1813 Battle of Lake Erie. A new member of the fleet is the Sloop Providence who recently appeared in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest which will be in theaters in July. Additional information on the event or how to volunteer can be picked up at the Tall Ships Chicago booth or on-line at
www.tallshipschicago.net. 

Patricia Lock has specialized in event marketing for over 30 years. She has produced a variety of events ranging from Luciano Pavarotti on New Year's Eve, the Arlington Million, and Kodak's Millennium celebration at Navy Pier. In 1998, as a new member of Navy Pier's Marketing Department, Ms. Lock's first assignment was to bring the historic sailing vessels known as "tall ships" to Chicago. She's been working with ships ever since. In 2000, she started her own company, Great Lakes Marketing Group, to promote tall ships through port appearances, maritime festivals and youth education. Now a veteran of many Parades of Sail, she is recruiting the 2006 fleet for the American Sail Training Association's Tall Ships Challenge® Great Lakes 2006 for Chicago, Green Bay and Cleveland. 

Mari Time Machines: Classic Great Lakes Boats with Toby Lindo

Captain Toby Lindo, former Commodore of the Heritage Boat Club, will review the history and the future of two of the oldest yachts moored in Chicago, The Robert Allan II, and Wild Goose. Robert Allan II is the oldest power boat moored in Chicago, launched in 1936 from the Grebe Yard. Wild Goose, a 47' Schooner, was designed by Walter McInnis, and built by Ben Colby in Gloucester, Mass.
 

Robert Allan II was the platform for the documentary shown on Channel 11 - WTTW in December. She may be the oldest Grebe still floating. Two new yacht clubs have been established limited to a membership of twenty each, with the purpose of preserving these vessels for posterity. Learn how these boats have been saved from the boneyard, while so many others have been lost forever. 

The Most Affordable Way to Sail in Chicago with Ellen Reeve and Sail Chicago

Lake Michigan may be Chicago.s finest feature. A great way to take advantage of this is to participate in the instruction program and activities of Sail Chicago. As a non profit volunteer administered organization, Sail Chicago has been operating in Monroe Harbor for thirty five years plus. Learn about what ways this organization can get you out on the lake while keeping costs down with sweat equity.
 

The History of Chicago's Lakefront and Harbors with Bill Rossberger

Join historian and yachtsman Bill Rossberger for a look at the story of the Lakefront; from shoreline to landfill; from Fort Dearborn to the massive rebuilding after the Great Chicago Fire and the Burnham Plan. If you would like learn the story of our home port, plan to attend!
 

A Chicago Maritime Museum with Jerry Thomas

The time is ripe for the development of a Chicago Maritime Museum on the Lake front to display Chicago's rich maritime history. Join sailor and CMS board member Jerry Thomas for a look at this heritage.
 

Schooner to Chicago: Great Lakes Passenger Travel in the Era of Sail with Ted Karamanski

Steam ships eclipsed schooners in the passenger trade shortly after the introduction of steam technology. Nonetheless, the fact sailing vessels were so common on the lakes insured that they would still play a role in bringing settlers and immigrants to Old Northwest frontier. This talk will utilize the memoirs of early 19th century travelers to present the trials and delights of maritime transport. Come aboard for obnoxious fellow travelers, foul food, and dangerous storms!
 

Theodore J. Karamanski is Professor of History at Loyola University. He is the author of six books including Schooner Passage: Sailing Ships and the Lake Michigan Frontier and Maritime Chicago.

 

2005 Presenters 

Filming the Race to Mackinac with Geoffrey Baer

Emmy Award winning WTTW producer, program host and Mackinac racer Geoffrey Baer brought a small video camera on the Mac race in 2000 to document his experience aboard Radiance, one of the smallest, slowest boats in the fleet. And he "embedded" another WTTW cameraman on Thirsty Tiger, one of the biggest, fastest boats. In this presentation, Baer shows the complicated, fun and sometimes frustrating behind-the-scenes process of turning all that footage into a Channel 11 documentary about the Race to Mackinac. He also reveals how he "cheated" by using shots from other races and even other years to create the illusion of one seamless experience. He is an avid sailboat racer, a docent for the Chicago Architecture Foundation and a board member of Chicago’s acclaimed Lookingglass Theatre Company.

Shipwreck Tales of the Great Lakes with Cris Kohl and Joan Forsberg

Join the acclaimed husband and wife team of Cris Kohl and Joan Forsberg for a look at the most dramatic stories of Great Lakes shipwrecks tinged with murder, mystery, deception and mayhem, plus exceptional underwater photography, will keep the audience on the edge of their seats. Tales include the story of the fabled Griffon, lost with all hands on her maiden voyage in 1679, and the many attempts to locate that shipwreck; the story of the shipwreck which helped build Chicago; startling new revelations about the schooner George A. Marsh, lost in Lake Ontario in 1917 with great loss of life; the wrecked schooner Explorer, with its mysterious sole survivor; the world-infamous Australian Convict Ship, the Success, and how it came to be wrecked in the Great Lakes; plus. This presentation is based on Cris Kohl.s latest book, Shipwreck Tales of the Great Lakes.

Shedd Aquarium's Right Bite Discover Right Bite

Shedd Aquarium's initiative that encourages protection of the health of our oceans by making informed decisions when they buy seafood.

The Making of The Christmas Tree Ship with Scott Alexander Towers

Production.s Scott Alexander takes you for a behind the scenes look at the acclaimed Weather Channel production of The Christmas Tree Ship. Over the course of Scott.s seven years with Towers Productions, he has produced, edited and supervised over 26 programs including shows for A&E, The History Channel and the Weather Channel.

The Christmas Tree Ship for Children with Ruth Gibson and Lee Murdock

Come to hear Ruth Gibson tell the story of her mother waiting for the Christmas Tree Ship in 1912. Ruth wrote a children's book about the sinking of the ship in stormy Lake Michigan. The surprise sequel to that story is told about how her mom received her Christmas Tree 78 years later! Great Lakes troubadour and Christmas Tree Ship Concert producer Lee Murdock will also lend insight into the ship.s fascinating story through his famous ballad.

Lakeshore Biology with the Shedd Aquarium (all ages)

Become a limnologist (freshwater scientist) and investigate Lake Michigan. Using scientific measuring and collecting instruments, perform sampling procedures similar to those used in field research.

Charting a New Course: Friends Good Will

The authentic historic Great Lakes replica tall ship, Friends Good Will, now plies the waters of the lower Great Lakes. Commissioned by the Michigan Maritime Museum for educational programming, her unique design and construction are a testament to traditional maritime skills. This session illustrates the dramatic story of Friends Good Will and her role in Chicago.s maritime history; her re-birth as an educational platform; and the adventures she offers visitors and volunteers. Learn how you can become involved in maritime and sailing experiences that distinguish Friends Good Will as the flagship of living history. Applications for the Ship’s Company will be available.

Historic Preservation of Great Lakes Lighthouses. Recent Success Stories with Wayne Sapulski/ Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association

After a brief overview of lighthouses in this region, the focus shifts to recent lighthouse restoration activity with emphasis on recent successes as well as mention of those sites still seriously in need. This is an exciting time for historic preservation on the Great Lakes and there is much to be thankful for. All around this region, lighthouses are being promoted as icons of our maritime heritage and destinations for cultural tourism.

Weather Forecasting with Amy Seeley, National Weather Service

See and hear what goes into a forecast and how mariners as well as landlubbers can find the most accurate information. Amy Seeley is the Port Meteorological Officer with the National Weather Service in Illinois.

The Chicago Police Marine Unit with Earl Zuelke

Meet the man who heads up the unit that boaters turn to when things go wrong. Learn how the Marine Police Unit works with other agencies, such as the Coast Guard and ICON, to deal with marine problems before they happen. Topics include boating safety, homeland security, and what.s in store for the waterfront in Chicago next season.

The Grosse Point Lighthouse: History and Adaptive Use of a Great Lakes Landmark with Donald J. Terras

Take a look at the transformation of a Great Lakes lighthouse, from an aid to navigation, built in 1873, to its current use as a maritime heritage site and National Historic Landmark . Don is director of Grosse Point Lighthouse and has been honored for his work there by the Illinois Association of Museums, The American Association for State and Local History, and the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois. Don currently serves on the executive board of the American Lighthouse Coordinating Committee and was part of a steering committee that established a National Lighthouse Center and Museum in New York City. His most celebrated publication is Grosse Point Lighthouse: Landmark to Maritime History and Culture.

Getting Started in Model Ships and Boat Building with Kurt Van Dahm

This presentation will assist you in finding out what you need to know about getting started building models of boats or ships so that you can successfully build the model of your dreams. Kurt is a professional model builder and author, and consultant.

Marlinspike Seamanship with Dan Kasberger and the US Coast Guard Auxiliary

Fancy knots, hitches, splices and bends with Dan and the members of Flotilla 12 will be demonstrated and taught.

Model Boat Building for Kids with the Chicago Maritime Society

Cut the sails, step the mast, tune the rig, or build a tug or steamer with wood and found materials. Models are limited; come early! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

North of the Border with Wendy Lutzke

The Wisconsin Maritime Museum is located in Manitowoc, in the heart of northeastern Wisconsin's lakeshore communities. Take a maritime history tour of the communities of Port Washington, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Two Rivers, Kewaunee, and Algoma. You'll see photos of lighthouses, ships, and shipwrecks, along with stories of the people and events that shaped these communities as they grew along Lake Michigan.

The School Ship with Tom Kelly

Join marine biologist, sailor, and executive director Tom Kelly for a look at science on the Great Lakes. The Inland Seas Education Association, based in Suttons Bay Michigan, provides shipboard Great Lakes science and heritage education programs to 5,000 youth and adults each year. These programs are taught aboard ISEA's flagship, the 77' schooner Inland Seas, the chartered 114' schooner Manitou and the Friendship sloop Liberty. Programs are also offered at the recently completed Inland Seas Education Center in Suttons Bay. Students take part in navigating and sailing the ships, and carry out science activities related to Great Lakes weather, fish, plankton, benthos, water chemistry and physics.

History Over the Horizon with Kris Habermehl WBBM TV

Join Emmy award winning Chicago radio and television helicopter reporter Kris Habermehl for the story of Great Lakes shipping in the Chicago and Calumet area as seen from the air. Ride along with WBBM's "Chopper 2" as it provides a spectacular place to view classic examples of Chicago's maritime history just "over the horizon.. Rare historic, footage is also included. Ships, some dating back to the turn of the century, continue to ply the waters of mighty Lake Michigan as they have since the industrial revolution, but time and the economy have taken their toll. Some won't be here forever. See them while you can.

Possibilities for Disabilities with Sean Koughlin, Diveheart

The Diveheart Foundation is committed to serving physically impaired children and adults, giving them the opportunities and experiences, through the sport of Scuba diving, that can build the confidence and independence that will last a lifetime. This seminar looks at a trip by children (ages 13-19) from the Shriners Hospital, in Chicago, to Key Largo, Florida.

Historic Preservation of Great Lakes Lighthouses - Recent Success Stories with Wayne Sapulski

After a brief overview of lighthouses in this region, the focus shifts to recent lighthouse restoration activity with emphasis on recent successes as well as mention of those sites still seriously in need. This is an exciting time for historic preservation on the Great Lakes and there is much to be thankful for. All around this region, lighthouses are being promoted as icons of our maritime heritage and destinations for cultural tourism.

A Chicago Maritime Museum with Jerry Thomas

The time is ripe for the development of a Chicago Maritime Museum on the Lake front to display Chicago's rich maritime history. Join sailor and CMS board member Jerry Thomas for a look at this heritage.

Schooner to Chicago: The Experience of Great Lakes Passenger Travel in the Era of Sail with Ted Karamanski

Steam ships eclipsed schooners in the passenger trade shortly after the introduction of steam technology. Nonetheless, the fact sailing vessels were so common on the lakes insured that they would still play a role in bringing settlers and immigrants to Old Northwest frontier. This talk will utilize the memoirs of early 19th century travelers to present the trials and delights of maritime transport. Come aboard for obnoxious fellow travelers, foul food, and dangerous storms!

The Sinking of the Straits of Mackinac with Chet Childs

Join us for an exciting presentation of the intentional sinking of the 200’ steel vessel in Lake Michigan. The Straits of Mackinac was sunk in 80 feet of water off Chicago’s shore.

What was here, what is gone and what came back: A history of human impact on the flora and fauna of the Chicago River Watershed with Joni Marin

Friends of the Chicago River Explore how both negative and positive human impacts from early settlement until the present day have affected flora and fauna that live in and around the Chicago River Discover the variety of organisms that make the river/watershed their home today and learn of sites where they can be seen. Attendees will have the chance to handle examples of "organism articles" such as shells, furs, feathers, etc.

A Natural History of the Chicago Region with Joel Greenberg

A look at how aquatic eco-systems have changed since the arrival of European settlement. Based on Joel.s landmark book of the same title.

The Maritime Art of Eric Forsberg with Eric Forsberg

Join this sea going artist for a look at himself. Inspiration, preparation, techniques and results. Eric is a sailor, former Maine lobsterman and artist greatly inspired by Charles Vickery, with whom he shared a studio for 10 years. See his work in the North Atrium.

The History of Nautical Safety at Sea with Dan Kasberger

Join two members of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12 for a survey of the history of nautical terminology Including how marine expressions evolved and an historical review of how today.s boating safety practices developed.

 

2004 Presenters 

History Over the Horizon with Kris Habermehl, WBBM-TV

Join Emmy award winning Chicago radio and television helicopter reporter Kris Habermehl for the story of Great Lakes shipping in the Chicago and Calumet area as seen from the air. Ride along with WBBM's "Chopper 2" as it provides a stable and spectacular place to view classic examples of Chicago's maritime history just "over the horizon." Rare historic, footage is also included. Ships, some dating back to the turn of the century, continue to ply the waters of mighty Lake Michigan as they have since the industrial revolution. But time and economy have taken their toll. Some won't be here forever. See them while you can. 

Schooner Passage with Ted Karamanski, Chicago Maritime Society/ Loyola University

Schooners were as important to the settlement of the Great Lakes region as covered wagons or railroads were to the settlement of the far West. This slide lecture explores the role of sailing ships on the Lake Michigan frontier and reveals the lives of men and women who served before the mast. Theodore Karamanski is Professor of History at Loyola University in Chicago. He is the author of numerous books and articles including Schooner Passage and Maritime Chicago. 

Discovery of the Great West: The Marquette-Jolliet Expedition with Ralph Frese, Chicago Maritime Society

The story of the 300th anniversary re-enactment of Marquette-Jolliet's discovery of the Illinois and the Chicago portage. Ralph is a board member of the Chicago Maritime Society and is the founder, owner, and operator of the Chicagoland Canoe Base. His small craft collection (of over 100 vessels) is a feature of the Chicago Maritime Society's collections. 

Weather Forecasting with Amy Seeley, National Weather Service

See and hear what goes into a forecast and how mariners as well as landlubbers can find the most accurate information. Amy Seeley is the Port Meteorological Officer with the National Weather Service in Illinois. 

The Chicago Police Marine Unit with Earl Zuelke

Meet the man who heads up the unit that boaters turn to when things go wrong. Learn how the Marine Police Unit works with other agencies, such as the Coast Guard and ICON, to deal with marine problems before they happen. Topics include boating safety, homeland security, and what's in store for the waterfront in Chicago next season -- A must for anyone who spends time on the water in Chicago. 

Illustration Techniques with Remy Champt, Marine Artist

After studying art in his native Belgium, Remy Champt chose instead to pursue a career on the water. He sailed around the world on merchant ships and in 1980 moved to Traverse City, Michigan where he continues to pursue his career as an artist and illustrator and serve as engineer aboard classic freighters and tugs. He is also one of the captains of the schooner Inland Seas. With his meticulous attention to detail, he is able to authentically document these fascinating vessels in works that will, someday, become part of the Great Lakes' unique maritime history. 

The Lost WWII Naval Planes of Lake Michigan with Taras Lyssenko

From the mid 1980s to the mid 1990s Allan Olson and Taras Lyssenko (A. and T. Recovery) surveyed the southern basin of Lake Michigan in search of the US Department of the Navy's lost airplanes from the Aircraft Carrier Qualification Training of World War II. What they found went beyond their wildest expectations, including shipwrecks, an early Holocene Forest and the UC-97 U-boat. Join Taras Lyssenko in an interactive presentation of an adventure of Lake Michigan discovery. 

From Crib to Grave with Tony Kiefer

Have you ever walked along the Lake Michigan shore and wondered what those strange structures are three miles out in the water? Join Tony Kiefer, diver, engineer and past president of the Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago, for a fascinating look at the history and underwater archaeology of the Chicago water intake cribs. See the remains of an abandoned crib as it exists today deep below the surface of Lake Michigan and learn its terrible secret! 

Tall Ships Chicago: Then and Now with Jim Jarecki and Cris Kohl

The magnificent sight of schooners, brigs, barquentines and full rigged ships seen last Summer during Tall Ships Chicago was an echo of the heyday of sail on the Great Lakes. During the late 19th century, 1,600 to 2,000 tall ships sailed the Lakes and made Chicago one of the busiest ports in the world. Cris Kohl and Jim Jarecki provide a glimpse into that past, as well as images from the late 20th and early 21st century that will bring back the romance of sail; as well as some harsh realities.

Crossroads of Disaster: The Straits of Mackinac Shipwrecks with Cris Kohl and Joan Forsberg 

Join authors, divers, and historians Cris Kohl and Joan Forsberg for a look at one of the most dangerous places in the Great Lakes. The Straits of Mackinac, a very historic area popular with tourists, boaters, and scuba divers alike, is one of Michigan's 10 underwater preserves and is home to wrecks like the pre-Civil War schooner J.H. Tiffany, the wooden steamer Leviathan, and the 588 foot steel freighter Cedarville. 

Launching a Legacy: Friends Good Will with Jim Spurr, Michigan Maritime Museum 

The Michigan Maritime Museum is launching an amazing project: designing building, and operating an historical replica tall ship. The original sloop' s final voyage, as a merchant ship, saw her departing Ft. Dearborn to Fort Mackinac, where she was captured by the British Royal Navy. She was the sloop mentioned in Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry's famous dispatch, "We have met the enemy and they are ours: two ships, two brigs, one schooner, and one sloop." Find out what lies in store for this modern tall ship. 

Wooden Boats vs Plastic: A Debate Between the Diehards and the Converts

Join Bob Zange and members of the Heritage Boat Club to find out why wooden boat lovers are so dedicated to their vessels and why some have succumbed to the seduction of fiberglass. 

History of the Chicago River with Joni Marin, Friends of the Chicago River

Join Joni Marin of the Friends of the Chicago River for a look at the turbulent history of Chicago's great waterway from a physical, social, and political, and ecological point of view.

Proving the River: Rowing and Paddling in Chicago with Susan K.B. Urbas and Jonathon R. Genzen 

An introduction to the historical context of rowing and paddling in Chicago as well as the local organizations that provide equipment access to the public. Learn safety tips and logistics for navigating the downtown waterway, and a glimpse at plans for increasing access to the river and the creation of a Boating Center for rowing, canoeing, and kayaking on the Chicago River. 

Equipment for Your Boat with Curt Schumacher, US Coast Guard Auxiliary

This seminar will cover the legal equipment required for your boat and additional items that are extremely helpful. Equipment for both sailboats and powerboats will be discussed. 

What is the US Maritime Administration? with Doris Bautch, MARAD

Come and find out what MARAD does and what it can do for you.

Getting Started in Model Ships and Boat Building with Kurt Van Dahm

This presentation will assist you in finding out what you need to know about getting started building models of boats or ships so that you can successfully build the model of your dreams. There will be ample time at the end of the presentation for questions and answers. Kurt is a professional model builder and author, contributing editor for Ships In Scale Magazine, president of the Nautical Research & Model Ship Society of Chicago, a director of the Nautical Research Guild, air brush consultant for Badger Air-Brush Company and a founding partner in Pacific Tall Ships Co. and Gallery headquartered in Lemont, IL and Manila, Philippines. 

Possibilities for Disabilities with Sean Koughlin, Diveheart

The Diveheart Foundation is committed to serving physically impaired children and adults- giving them the opportunities and experiences, through the sport of Scuba diving, that can build the confidence and independence that will last a lifetime. This seminar looks at a trip by children (ages 13-19) from the Shriners Hospital, in Chicago, to Key Largo, Florida. 

Marlinspike Seamanship with Dan Kasberger and the US Coast Guard Auxiliary

Fancy knots, hitches, splices and bends with Dan and the members of Flotilla 12. 

Let's Draw, Sing, and Learn About Whales with Don Sineti

Come to the Crown Room North for a hands-on look at whales through the arts with Don Sineti. Open to all ages. 

Model Boat Building for Kids with the Chicago Maritime Society

Cut the sails, step the mast, tune the rig, or build a tug or steamer with wood and found materials. Models are limited; come early! 

2003 No information available