American Integrity entering Duluth

Makinaw Entering Duluth Port

Edwin H. Gott

Photo by Diane Hilden

Photo by Diane Hilden

November 4 and 5, 2016



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2016 - Gales Registration Form.pdf



What’s new this year?

  • Friday events will take place in the Harbor Side Room of the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center
  • Saturday events will take place in the Lake Superior Ballroom (same as previous years) of the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center
  • The 75th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor will be honored



Keynote Luncheon Speaker - Noon

Mark Barker, President of Interlake Steamship Company

Presented by the Chamber of Marine Commerce


Afternoon Speakers     1:30 – 3:00 pm

Bruce Lynn, Executive Director, Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

Chris Winters, Maritime Photographer and Author


Afternoon Tours/Options   3:00 – 5:00 pm

Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center

Superior Public Museums Special Tour

UW-Superior Jim Dan Hill Library

Great Lakes Aquarium


Evening Event            5:30 – 8:00 pm

Opening Evening Gala and Dinner at the DECC - Lake Superior Ballroom




Keynote Morning Speaker 9:00 am

Frederick Stonehouse, Author and Historian 

Frederick Stonehouse has authored over thirty books on maritime history. The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald and the Haunted Lakes series are regional best sellers. Wreck Ashore, the U.S. Life-Saving Service on the Great Lakes is the predominant work on the subject. He has also been an "on-air" expert for National Geographic, History Channel and Fox Family. He has been honored with the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History award for historic interpretation in recognition to his many contributions to the field and as the Marine Historian of the Year by the Detroit Marine Historical Society. Most recently he was given the 2014 “Distinguished Alumni Award” by Northern Michigan University. Fred teaches Great Lakes maritime history at Northern Michigan University and is an active consultant for numerous Great Lakes oriented projects and programs. 


Morning Spotlight Speaker 11:00 am

Tom Wiater, President, Central Marine Logistics

Captain Tom Wiater is President and Owner of Central Marine Logistics.  Tom holds an unlimited Nearcoastal Masters license with Great lakes Pilotage, Towing and Tankerman endorsement.  Tom has sailed as Master of self-unloaders and tankers on the Great Lakes, Captain for the National Park Service on Isle Royal and the National Geographic Society in Alaska.  As the leader of Central Marine Logistics, Tom is responsible for all operations of the Arcelor Mittal Lakes fleet – hauling almost  5 million tons of raw materials annually - and is Steamship Agent for numerous freighters, tankers, and cruise ships on the Great Lakes.  Tom grew up in a family liquor store in Detroit and graduated Great Lakes Maritime Academy in 1992. 


Keynote Luncheon Speaker 12:00 pm  

Dr. James P. Delgado, Ph.D., Director of Maritime Heritage, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Sanctuaries
Dr. Delgado has led or participated in shipwreck expeditions around the world. His undersea explorations include RMSTitanic, the discoveries of Carpathia, the ship that rescued Titanic's survivors, and the notorious "ghost ship" Mary Celeste, as well as surveys of USS Arizonaat Pearl Harbor, the sunken fleet of atomic-bombed warships at Bikini Atoll, the polar exploration shipMaud, wrecked in the Arctic, the 1846 wreck of the United States naval brig Somers, whose tragic story inspired Herman Melville's Billy Budd, and Sub Marine Explorer, a civil war-era find and the world's oldest known deep-diving submarine. His archaeological work has also included the excavation of ships and collapsed buildings along the now-buried waterfront of Gold Rush San Francisco.


Special Isle Royal Round Table Discussion        1:00 pm

The historic community of Isle Royale National Park and the challenges to preserving that cultural history –

Featuring – Isle Royale Families and Friends Association and Moderated By WDSE Producer Karen Sunderman


Event Speakers       10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Michael Schumacher, Author                                                                          

Terry Pepper, Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association

Ric Mixter, Producer, Lecturer and Author                                                     

Jerry Sandvick, Historian and Professor Emeritus                                            

Dan Fountain, Author and Historian                                                                

Ken Merryman, Author, Diver and Historian   

Rochelle Pennington, Author, Speaker and Newspaper Columnist          

Marte Kitson, National Park Service Liaison, MN Sea Grant

LCDR Charter Tschirgi, Commanding Officer, USCG Cutter Alder

Bob Fuhrman, Executive Director Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center


Other Options     9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Exhibit Hall - featuring book signings, unique maritime items,

Cruise of a Lifetime raffle tickets and much more!

Maritime Auction of unique maritime items and artifacts * Boat Tours * Fleet Flags on display


Cruise of a Lifetime Drawing     5:00 pm

Stay to the end and find out if you are the lucky winner of this once in a lifetime opportunity!                    


Closing Reception    5:30 -7:30 pm 

Grandma’s Saloon and Grill – Canal Park, MN

Attendees, exhibitors, speakers – come unwind and enjoy a chance to discuss the events of the day

Plan your visit to Gales of November.

Click below to see a map of the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center. Harbor Side Ballroom is on the water side of the convention center. Lake Superior Ballroom is on the city side of the convention center.


Win a Trip for 2 On the Great Lakes Vessel Joseph L. Block

Two 1st Prizes of a Round Trip for 2 on the Central Marine Logistics great lakes vessel Joseph L. Block. 

Purchase your chance to win by mailing in this form today!

2016 - Cruise of a Lifetime Raffle - ORDER FORM.pdf

Two winners and their guests will sail the summer of 2017. Average trip is five days. Accommodations are the Owner’s Quarters, Staterooms and Lounge. Dine at the Captain’s table and tour the ship from the Pilothouse to Engine Room.


$10 each or 3 for $25

Drawing Held at the Gales of November Conference

November 5, 2016 - 5:00 p.m. at the DECC in Duluth, MN

Trip Donated by Central Marine Logistics. This raffle is a fundraiser for the Lake Superior Marine Museum Association.



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