Come join us this coming Wednesday, October 13th for our monthly social. We meet at the Hop Haus in Fitchburg. Our meeting starts at 7:30pm. Everyone is welcome!

This month we welcome back Brendan Baillod who will be speaking about Lake Michigan shipwrecks! Here’s some info on what he’ll be sharing:

Join Great Lakes Shipwreck Research Group founder, maritime historian and author Brendon Baillod as he explores the historical research and the physical remains of the ridiculous number of shipwrecks at Lake Michigan’s North and South Fox Islands. Lying just south of the Beaver Islands in Lake Michigan, the Foxes boast beautiful dune beaches, crystal blue waters and an unusual number of historic shipwrecks. These shipwrecks are rarely visited due to their remote locations and many have never been identified. Brendon takes you on a virtual visit to these wrecks using Google Earth, underwater photos and cutting edge photogrammetry. Brendon will also share his work to research and identify these anonymous hulls as well as three new discoveries he’s made at the Foxes

Brendon is an award winning diver, author, maritime historian, and shipwreck hunter based in Wiscsonsin. He is a founder of Milwaukee’s Ghost Ships Festival, a past president of the Wisconsin Underwater Archeology Association (WUAA) and a past trustee of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum.  Brendon has appeared on the History Channel, Travel Channel, National Geographic Channel, and Discovery Channel discussing Great Lakes shipwrecks and is the author of Fathoms Deep But Not Forgotten: Wisconsin’s Lost Ships, an encyclopedia of southern Wisconsin ships and shipwrecks.  He is an avid collector of antiquarian Great Lakes books, maps, and ephemera and has the largest private collection of Great Lakes antiquities in existence.  Brendon was awarded the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History’s Award for Historic Interpretation for his work translating the original letters of the French explorer LaSalle related to his ship Le Griffon.  He is also the creator and admin of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Research Group on Social Media with nearly 4000 active members.  Brendon has been involved in the discovery of dozens of shipwrecks on Lakes Michigan and Superior and is an expert on the use of sidescan sonar.  He is well-known across the Great Lakes as a marine historian, antiquarian and public speaker.  

October Social