The Archaeological Site Formation of Norman and Grecian

Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center 500 West Fletcher Street, Alpena, MI, United States

Come join Maritime Archaeologist Caleb O'Brien discuss two steel freighters in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary: Norman and Grecian through the use of 3D models. Caleb O'Brien is a Maritime Archaeologist at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary who has spent the last two years researching two steel-hulled shipwrecks within the sanctuary. Norman and Grecian were [...]

Lecture Series

Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center 500 West Fletcher Street, Alpena, MI, United States

“Follow the Fish”: The Evolution of Commercial Fishing Vessels in the Great Lakes Join maritime archaeologist, Cassandra Sadler, as she examines the historical development of the traditional Great Lakes fish tug within the context of the evolving Great Lakes commercial fishing industry. Employing a maritime cultural landscape approach, this presentation will compare several vessels associated [...]

The Sinking of the Carl D. Bradley

Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center 500 West Fletcher Street, Alpena, MI, United States

American freighter SS Carl D. Bradley. Photo courtesy of Jeff Thomas.   Join local history teacher and Great Lakes sailor Jeff Thomas as he tells the story of the tragic loss of the Carl D. Bradley. This presentation will cover the launching and life of the vessel for the Michigan Limestone Transportation Company, her sinking in […]

Giving Tuesday

The biggest local giving day of the year is fast-approaching. November 29 is Giving Tuesday Northeast Michigan, and this year Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary will take part in this primarily online event. We look forward to being a part of this community event through the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan. Donate Now

Sanctuary Lecture Series: Maritime Heritage Ecology

Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center 500 West Fletcher Street, Alpena, MI, United States

Maritime Heritage Ecology: How shipwrecks become oases of biodiversity in a changing ocean Shipwrecks are by definition not supposed to exist. Yet, they form seafloor habitats for a wide range of animals – mussels, sea stars, anemones, and fish. Most shipwrecks are surrounded by sand or mud, so they become oases of biodiversity.  Dr. Kirstin […]

Continuing Archaeological Research on the Alpena-Amberley Ridge

Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center 500 West Fletcher Street, Alpena, MI, United States

Presented by Dr. John O’Shea The discovery of ancient caribou hunting structures preserved beneath Lake Huron has transformed our understanding of the early human occupation of the Great Lakes. Since the initial discovery of the Alpena-Amberley Ridge, research has focused on broadening our understanding of these early hunters and the environment in which they lived. Join Dr. John O’Shea, the […]

Lecture Series: Stress to the System

Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center 500 West Fletcher Street, Alpena, MI, United States

Stress to the System: Exploring of Harmful Algal Blooms and Freshwater Acidification in the Great Lakes Dr. Reagan Errera working with field samples. Photo courtesy of Dr. Reagan Errera. The Laurentian Great Lakes support an economy exceeding $82 billion in wages annually and supply drinking water to more than 40 million people. This valuable natural […]

Lecture Series: The Ship That Time Forgot

Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center 500 West Fletcher Street, Alpena, MI, United States

The Ship That Time Forgot: The Sinking of the Henry Steinbrenner In May 1953, the freighter Henry Steinbrenner sank in a storm on Lake Superior, claiming the lives of 17 sailors. However, with exception of the initial newspaper headlines announcing the ship’s sinking, history has largely overlooked the ship’s tragic story.  Join local historian Jeff […]

Underwater Robot Academy: Ages 10-13 years

Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center 500 West Fletcher Street, Alpena, MI, United States

Registration is limited and students are expected to attend all (3) days of the program. Ages: 10-13 years Dates: June 20th - 22nd Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM Description: This three-day academy welcomes kids ages 10-13 who want to roll up their sleeves and learn about marine technology through designing and building an underwater ROV (remotely […]

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