Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5
Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center, Duluth, MN
350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN 55802
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What’s new this year?
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 forNational 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 1:15 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
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
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VISITOR CENTER HOURSOpen weekends - see hours Monday - Thursday CLOSED Friday - Sunday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm