All About 1867: Canada’s Great Lakes Ships and Shipwrecks

There is something mysterious and thrilling about the underwater world.  Our own inland seas contain the remains of naval ships sunk in battle and commercial vessels lost to the forces of a storm, foundered on rocks, or destroyed at their moorings.

Marine historians Cris Kohl and Joan Forsberg have researched, explored, and photographed many Great Lakes shipwrecks.  To commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday they have new videos to show and tales to tell, including:

– which is the most visited shipwreck in the Great Lakes,

– a steamship, burned in 1867, then rebuilt only to become a major Georgian Bay disaster,

– the tragic and amazing story of a ship, foundered in 1917, then rediscovered in Canada’s centennial year

– a shallow water ghost ship finally identified in 2016.

Hear them at the Central Branch 850 Ouellette Avenue, in the Fred C. Israel Auditorium (basement level) ,on Tuesday July 4, starting at 6 p.m. 

Free to any to attend.

Books by the authors on Great Lakes shipwrecks will be available for purchase.

[photograph of the Sweepstakes, courtesy of Cris Kohl and Joan Forsberg]

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