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GLIN==> 10th Annual Great Lakes Underwater: April 8 in Oswego

Submitted by Kara Dunn <karalynn@gisco.net>

PRESS RELEASE: Use before April 5, 2006
Contact:  Dave White, NY Sea Grant, 315-312-3024

10th Annual Great Lakes Underwater April 8 in Oswego
The 10th annual Great Lakes Underwater event for scuba diving and shipwreck enthusiasts will be held April 8 from 9 am to 4:30 pm at SUNY Oswego. Speakers include noted maritime historian and author Frederick Stonehouse who will speak on Rum Running and Red Lights. Stonehouse has published books about shipwrecks, Great Lakes crime, women on the Great Lakes, the U.S. Lifesaving Service and lighthouse recipes. He has served as a consultant to the US National Parks Service and Parks Canada.

Great Lakes Diving Guide author Cris Kohl, president of the Underwater Archaeological Society, has appeared on the History Channel and the Discovery Channel. He is also a prize-winning photographer. He will share "Shipwreck Tales of the Great Lakes."

David Gilchrist is an accomplished underwater photographer noted for his freshwater and arctic waters exhibits. He has been involved in numerous maritime heritage survey projects, including surveys of the Annie Falconer, the Nimrod, and the Lion's Head wreck. He will speak on the Prehistoric Shoreline Survey of Georgian Bay.

Joe Zarzynski is author of Champ: Beyond the Legend, head of the Lake Champlain Phenomena Investigation Committee, and co-discoverer with Jim Kennard of the 1873 shipwreck of a passenger steamship in Lake Champlain. He was profiled on the Real People television show. He will speak on the national award-winning documentary on the wreck of North America's oldest intact warship. The Land Tortoise, dating to the French and Indian War sank in 1758 in Lake George. The film is scheduled to show at the prestigious Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary's Ocean Film Festival in Savannah, Georgia, in September 2006.

The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Marine Archaeology program, Diving the Seaway Trail and nominating shipwrecks to the National Register are also part of the April 8 event. Great Lakes Underwater is sponsored by Aquatic World, National Aquatic Service, Oswego Maritime Foundation and Delta Divers.

Register (fee is $25, $20 for students) with New York Sea Grant at 315-312-3042, email slm22@cornell.edu or send check payable to Cornell University or MC/Visa credit information with name, mailing and email addresses to New York Sea Grant, SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY 13126 before April 5.


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