Regrettably we will not be able to have a in person show this year with the ongoing pandemic. We are looking forward to the 40th Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival TM in 2022. Some former presenters have put together short video updates on what they have been working on. We will post those here as they become available. As we decompress from this year, let’s all look forward to the coming dive season. Soon we will get together once again to share the history of the Great Lakes.

Diver Down Regulator Raffle is Back!

For the 39th Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival, Saturday February 29, 2020, has made a special regulator to be raffled off at the end of the day. It is a restored USD Conshelf 14 with USD Octopus and a SP Gauge and all new Miflex hoses. Both the First and Second stage are cerakoted and powder coated in the Blue and Maize of the University of Michigan. The lever arm is also cerakoted to
reduce “cracking” pressure. Bench test performance matches or exceeds specification of top rated regulators available today. The value of the regulator is $800.00
The raffle tickets are available at the festival: 10 tickets for $10 and 30 tickets for $20.
See the pictures for details of the regulator system at or email for specifications and details.
Drawing for the regulator will be at the DiverDownDHR booth at the festival, February 29, 2020. You must be present to win.

Most Famous Shipwreck of All Ric Mixter

Shipwreck stories are as old as writing itself, from the Babylonian quest of Gilgamesh to the earliest cuneiform mention of The Flood.  Ric Mixter separates fact from fiction and shows the oldest artifacts ever discovered as well as Great Lakes legends.  From Blackbeard to Titanic, you’re sure to learn something new in Ric’s newest presentation.

Most intact schooner shipwreck in the world Cal Kothrade

In 2019 a team of divers, historians and shipwreck enthusiasts found and identified a new shipwreck in northern Lake Michigan.  Though the W.C. Kimball was not unlike many other vessels that sailed the inland seas during the late 1800’s, it is the condition she is in now, that makes her one of the most significant finds ever. 
    Cal Kothrade tells the story of how shipwreck hunter Ross Richardson found the Kimball, and of the diverse team that would eventually solve the mystery of what this sail away’s name is. Through video, photographs and artwork, Cal discusses the condition of the wreck today, and the forensic clues which led to its identification, as well as what the vessel’s final hours might have been like.