Algonac High School will be alive with the sights and sounds of maritime history! Join Ric Mixter as he chronicles 200 years of rescues and shipwrecks on the Great Lakes. Dan Hall performs the soundtrack live as you witness storms and disaster from eyewitness accounts.
From it’s unique construction to the killer storm that took her crew, The Fitzgerald continues to intrigue audiences several decades after her loss. Ric shares over twenty years of research as well as a personal dive to the wreck site to provide insight that you don’t want to miss;
Ric Mixter shares government footage of the recovery of the Smith after a collision in the shadow of the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron. Quick action saved the crew, but the wreck crippled shipping traffic for several weeks while the Army Corps came up with a plan to remove the hulk. Ric will also take the audience on a dive in the swift water to show what is left of the wreck today. Sponsored by the Lake Huron Lore Maritime Society, dinner starts at 6p
Terry Pepper was a prolific lighthouse historian, creating the largest database available to the public (Seeing the Lights) and sharing his knowledge and photographic collection with countless authors, documentary producers and especially lighthouse preservation groups. His life will be celebrated June 8th at his beloved Cheboygan Range Lighthouse (free to the public) and a special lighthouse cruise (Departs from Mackinaw City aboard Shepler’s “Hope” ) will be arranged as a fundraiser for the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association.
Ric shares the histories of the largest ships lost on the Great Lakes, including the Edmund Fitzgerald. Rare interviews from survivors and rescuers make this presentation unique including underwater video of the Fitzgerald, Bradley, Morrell, Cedarville, Reed and Moreland.
Ric chronicles the histories of the six largest ships ever lost on the Great Lakes, from the 1913 Storm to the famous Edmund Fitzgerald. Featured are rare interviews with survivors from the Bradley, Morrell and James Reed (Lake Erie’s largest wreck).