“Last Voyage of the Skeele: An Internet Adventure” Ric Mixter

Normally shipwreck searches involve the open water or library. Ric Mixter knew an approximate location of a shipwreck through a series of unique photographs that showed the final voyage of the Edward Skeele. He turned to the internet to help him locate the debris field of where the ship lies today and he uncovered more than he bargained for. Ric will share the connection of the Skeele to the Christmas Tree Ship, the collision and loss of the Viator and a newly located German U-Boat.

Jim and Pat Stayer

The Amazing Sunken WWII Planes North PNG’s The north side of Papau New Guinea was the location of some of the fiercest battles of the South Pacific. Join Jim and Pat Stayer as they dive 6 different WWII plane wrecks. The program highlights a couple of American B-25s with their incredible stories; one in the jungle and one in crocodile infested waters. They dove on Japanese Petes, a Zero, and a Kate. The program also includes an Australia’s Catalina 

The next presenter in our line up for 2019 is Robert McGreevy.
The Steamboat, the story of the Walk in the Water, the first steam powered vessel on the upper Great lakes.
This year is the 200th anniversary of the Walk in the Waters arrival at Detroit. The Walk in the Water was also the first steamboat to sink in a November storm. What were the forces behind the development and building of this amazing ship and how did this single voyage change everything on the Great lakes?
All these questions, and more, will be answered in the presentation about this pioneer steamboat.
Come see Becky Kagan Schott at the 2019 Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival. She is giving two different presentations.
Becky Kagan Schott 
Becky Schott started diving at 12 years old and instantly fell in love with it. She’s an underwater filmmaker, photographer and technical diving instructor. Her goal is to travel the world and capture inspiring images of extreme underwater environments including caves, ice, to deep shipwrecks always pushing the boundaries of creativity and discovering new ways of capturing these places artistically.  Becky’s background is in photojournalism, she likes to create compelling images that spark the imagination. Becky’s dived in Antarctica to the Arctic and many places in between but her favorite location is the Great Lakes. The stories are so powerful and she aspires to create images that is just as powerful. 
Becky has 5 Emmy-Awards and her work can be seen on major networks including National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and Red Bull. She is co- owner of Liquid Productions, specializing in bringing back video from challenging aquatic environments. Her experience working in remote locations around the world and filming in extreme environments has earned her a reputation of producing quality underwater imagery. She writes for several dive magazines in the USA and Internationally. With over 24 years of active diving experience she’s a SDI/TDI Technical diving instructor. She’s participated in dozens of exploration projects which earned her a place as a Fellow in the Explorers Club and in 2013 she was inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame.  www.LiquidProductions.com  & www.MegDiver.com

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival is a annual program held in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The show opens at 830am and runs till 5pm. With an exhibition hall and 2 presentation halls giving hour long talks about various topics. Held at the Washtenaw Community College 4800 East Huron Dr. Ann Arbor, MI

Dive the Great Lakes

Learn what it takes to dive the Great Lakes! See some of the thousands of wrecks that lay on the bottom of these  lakes. Hear their history and what it takes to find and identify the wrecks from the shipwreck hunters themselves. See the latest in discoveries from the Great Lakes.

Dive the World

We offer a varied selection of dive destinations so you can experience exotic locations from the comfort of the auditorium. Travel the world through the eyes of our presenters. Maybe you will find your next must see destination.

Technical & Educational Seminars

Hear about the latest advances in dive equipment. Learn new techniques to improve your diving skills. Ever wonder what it takes to make that award winning photo?

Programs for 2017 are being announced

Information is coming almost daily announcing the programs being presented at the 2017 Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival. Announcements will be made over the course of the next week, so check the Program page of our website frequently for updates as they happen!