2020 Presentations

CPR 694 Locomotive Tragedy and Exploration Terry Irvine

In the early morning hours of June 10, 1910 the train encountered a rock slide on the tracks near the Mink Tunnel.  Unable to stop, the locomotive, coal car and two box cars collided with the boulders on the track. The de-railed train lurched over the embankment and fell 60-feet to the lake below
The damage was substantial.  In addition to the loss of all three crew members, the locomotive complete with the tender car and two box cars the telegraph lines along the railway and 130-feet of track had also been destroyed. 
CPR 694 remained undisturbed for 106 years until 2016 when a combined American and Canadian team located and documented the wreck. 
Join Terry Irvine as he revisits the tragedy of CPR 694, its discovery and documentation as well as still un-answered questions about the locomotive and wreck site.
Twenty-five years after the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway,  The D10 steam locomotive, CPR 694, was travelling East on the Trans Canada Railway heading from Schreiber to Marathon along the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Lost Tales of Death & Survival Erik Potkovic

Through Erik’s unique storytelling, relive some of the most harrowing tales never told of shipwreck and rescue. These stories, which have been lost to history, are now brought out of the depths and being presented like only Erik can. Through a mixture of archival, historical, and underwater photographs, Erik pieces together these remarkable tales of death and survival.

The Forgotten Souls of 1913 Mike Lynch, Cindy Lynch, and Chris Roth

There are many sad and tragic stories from the Great Storm of 1913. The storm
left incredible carnage across all the Great Lakes. Lake Huron took the greatest
toll when it came to the Shipping Industry, with the sinking of eight giant
steamers and many more left on the reefs and beaches. Some of the ships were
recently discovered or remain to be discovered and several of them have been
extensively documented and are popular dive sites. But a few were discovered
many years ago and lie on the lake floor, in deep water, with the ships and their
stories largely forgotten. Join us as we visit the two of the forgotten Steamers
Argus and John McGean and explore the breathtaking toll that Mother Nature
inflicted on these two massive ships, during the greatest storm to ever hit the
Great Lakes!

2020 Presenters

Terry Irvine

Terry was certified in 1987.  He completed his cave training in 1995 and his Trimix training the following year.   He completed his Closed Circuit Trimix Rebreather training in 2016.
Terry has actively documented shipwrecks and caves using video and photos since 2000.  He has been an active contributor to Quest since 2001. Some of his video has been featured on the Outdoor Life Network and local media publications.
In 2016, Terry was part of an Explorer’s Club team that discovered and documented the steam locomotive CPR 694 in Lake Superior near Marathon, Ontario.  Some of his photos and video were used for several newspaper articles, an article in Branchline Magazine and the documentary called “The Ties That Bind”. 
In 2018, Terry was part of the diving team that documented the wreck of the Manasoo in Georgian Bay which has since been featured in Quest Magazine and Wreck Diver Magazine.
Terry has a keen passion for photographing Great Lakes shipwrecks and enjoys exploring sites in all five of the Lakes.

Kevin Ailes

Kevin Ailes firmly believes it is important to both protect and appreciate
our shipwrecks. This is a perspective he has shared in numerous interviews and
repeatedly on the Scubaobsessed podcast. He averages over 100 dives a year and
is a technical rebreather scuba diver. His passion for protecting our Midwestern
Maritime Heritage has led to his positions as a DNR volunteer scuba diver,
Underwater Videographer for Michigan Shipwreck Research Association, board
member of the West Michigan Underwater Preserve, President of the Southwest
Michigan Underwater Preserve, and Vice-President of the Michigan Underwater
Preserve Council.

Erik Petkovic

Erik is an explorer, author, technical wreck diver, and shipwreck researcher who has over 20 years of diving experience. Erik has been featured in dive publications worldwide and is a regular columnist and contributor to several magazines. Erik is the author of multiple books including the highly popular Lake Erie Technical Wreck Diving Guide. Erik regularly presents at the largest dive shows and museums in the country. His presentations have become popular due to his unique style of audience engagement.

Chris Roth

Chris Roth has been diving the Great Lakes for over 25 years and has logged over 1000 dives, most of which are in the waters off Michigan’s Thumb.  He is a USCG Licensed Captain, a PADI Certified Divemaster and a TDI Extended Range Diver. Chris has presented at several past Seahorses Film Festivals, dating all the way back to 1998 when he presented the discovery of the Steamer Troy.  In 2017, Chris began diving with Cindy and Mike Lynch. Together they visited and documented several previously discovered, but mostly forgotten ship wrecks lying off the Thumb.

Cindy Lynch

Cindy is an extremely accomplished technical diver and USCG Licensed Captain.  She started her diving adventures in 1997 and is now certified at all levels of both Open Circuit and Closed Circuit diving with over 1100 dives.  Cindy currently dives the Titan rebeather, but is also certified on the rEvo and Kiss Sidekick rebreathers.  Even though she loves Great Lakes diving and the lore of the historical shipwrecks, she also enjoys cave diving in the winter months in the warm waters of the north Florida cave system. 

Mike Lynch

Mike is an SDI/TDI instructor and technical rebreather diver and USCG Licensed Captain.  He started his diving adventures in 2008 and has over 600 dives primarily in the Great Lakes and in the Florida caves.  Mike currently dives the rEvo rebreather, but is also certified on the Titan and Kiss Sidekick rebreathers.  Mike’s passion is for the history and preservation of the shipwrecks in the Great Lakes.

Mike and Cindy met while scuba diving on a charter boat in Lake Huron and enjoy sharing the adventures with other divers and documenting shipwrecks in both photography and video to share with others who may not be able to see them.  Mike and Cindy met Chris while diving the Thumb Preserve.  Together, the trio now enjoys making the shipwrecks accessible to divers and working to promote both the Thumb Preserve as well as the Sanilac Shores preserve. In the summer of 2017, they visited and documented several previously discovered, but mostly forgotten wrecks lying off the Thumb.

Captain Luke Clyburn

Luke Clyburn is a United Stated Merchant Marine captain operating the research/training vessel Pride of Michigan. He is an AAUS and PADI dive instructor, underwater photographer/film maker, and commanding officer of the Great Lakes Division Naval Sea Cadets. Clyburn is the president of the Noble Odyssey Foundation, which brings scientists and young people together to document underwater research projects and expand understanding of Great Lakes science and history.

2019 Show Presenters