Tour of the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center/Trail

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

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary has one of the most accessible collections of historic shipwrecks in the entire world, well-preserved in the cold, fresh water of the Great Lakes. Join sanctuary staff LIVE on the shores of Lake Huron as they explore the many ways paddlers, snorkelers, divers, and even glass bottom boaters can experience [...]

Lakebed 2030: Early Contributions in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

In May of 2019, a team of ocean explorers and scientists met in northern Lake Huron to map unexplored areas of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and test new technologies in automated bathymetric survey. Join this webinar to learn about the project, see the latest mapping products, and understand how mapping efforts like these bring us [...]

Webinar: Using Film to Drive Social Change, by Tirrea Billings

Using Film to Drive Social Change by Tirrea Billings, Reflct Media Join us for this free webinar via the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries GoToWebinar series! Please register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2160293366302456334 In 2011, Tirrea Billings was one of five high school students who undertook the adventure of a lifetime during Project Shiphunt: hunt for a [...]

Battle of the Paddles

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

Due to COVID-19, 2021 Thunder Bay Maritime Festival and Cardboard Boat Regatta Canceled Due to the lead time needed for fundraising and planning, the Thunder Bay Maritime Festival and Cardboard Boat Regatta will not be held on July 4, 2021. “We hope everyone still gets out and safely enjoys our sanctuary this summer –and count [...]

Cardboard Boat Regatta

Rotary Island Mill Park Rotary Island Mill Park, Alpena, MI, United States

Due to COVID-19, 2021 Thunder Bay Maritime Festival and Cardboard Boat Regatta Canceled Due to the lead time needed for fundraising and planning, the Thunder Bay Maritime Festival and Cardboard Boat Regatta will not be held on July 4, 2021. “We hope everyone still gets out and safely enjoys our sanctuary this summer –and count [...]

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 […]

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