Great Lakes Underwater Presents Historic Weather, Shipwrecks, Scuba & Paddlers Program September 8

On Saturday, September 8, the Great Lakes Seaway Trail and New York Sea Grant will present Great Lakes Underwater at the Clayton Opera House, Clayton, NY. The 12pm-5pm program, co-sponsored by the NOAA National Weather Service, features four distinct speakers focused on history, shipwrecks and innovative technology for boaters.

The September 8 program includes the following presentations:
– “Historic Weather Patterns Impact on Lake Ontario Shipwrecks” with National Weather Service Forecaster Robert Hamilton

– “Between Two Nations: The British on Carleton Island (Fort Haldimand) from the American Revolution to the War of 1812” with Douglas J. Pippin, Ph.D., historical archaeology professor at SUNY Oswego

–  Underwater explorer Jim Kennard on his “Discovery of the HMS Ontario” using deepwater sonar scanning to find the 80-foot-long, 22-gun sloop-of-war that sunk in 1780 in Lake Ontario on her way to Fort Haldimand

–  “The Great Lakes Seaway Trail Blueway Water Trail & Innovations in Technology for Boaters, Canoeists and Kayakers” with New York Sea Grant Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist Dave White. Learn how new and future tools and apps based on the Great Lakes Observing System will benefit water trail users.

“We are pleased to present this great lineup of speakers to encourage diving, shipwreck and history enthusiasts and weather-watchers to drive the Great Lakes Seaway Trail to learn more about the only-found-here resources,” Great Lakes Seaway Trail President and CEO Mike Bristol said.

The event will run 12pm-5pm at the Clayton Opera House, 405 Riverside Drive, Clayton, NY, with vendors, information exhibits and networking time.

This Great Lakes Underwater theme program makes the start of a new Great Lakes Seaway Trail Byway-Blueway Seminar Series.

Pre-registration is requested by September 3. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors age 62 or older and retired military with ID, $5 for children under 14, and free Blue Star admission for active military with ID. Day of the event seating is $15 for any remaining seats. This is a Yellow Ribbon event. For more information and to register, visit www.seawaytrail.com/dive or call 315-646-1000 x203.

The 518-mile-long Great Lakes Seaway Trail is noted for its maritime history, shipwrecks and 30 lighthouses. Travel themes for this National Scenic Byway also include the War of 1812, natural history and birdwatching, coastal recreation, agricultural bounty, cultural heritage and quilting, architecture, and four seasons of fun. Learn more at www.seawaytrail.com. #