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Title: Press release: 4 historic Great Lakes shipwrecks programs set for Aug-Sep; incl. National Geographic photographer
Note: The next program in the series is July 19 – Military Shipwrecks with Dr. Gary Gibson at Seaway Trail Discovery Center, 6:30 pm. More info: 315-646-1000.

PRESS RELEASE: July 6, 2007                        
Contact:
Teresa Mitchell or Peggy Morgia, 315-646-1000

Four Historic Shipwrecks Programs Set for August-September

New York States National Historic Register Coordinator, a globe-trotting National Geographic contributing photographer, a dive charter captain and an award-winning Great Lakes historian are scheduled to speak in August and September as part of the 2007 Great Lakes Seaway Trail Shipwrecks Series. The series organized by the non-profit Seaway Trail, Inc. celebrates the maritime heritage of the 518-mile-long coastal region along the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Niagara River and Lake Erie in New York and Pennsylvania.

Learn about the Wreck of St. Peter and Historic Register Nominations August 2
On Thursday, August 2 at 6 pm at the Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor, Mark Peckham, National Register Unit Coordinator of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, will highlight the wreck of the St. Peter as an example of how underwater sites are designated to the State and National Historic Registers. The St. Peter is a well-preserved three-masted schooner sunk off Pultneyville in Lake Ontario in 1898. Peckham, who is a diver, will talk about good stewardship of waterbound historic sites and the conservation of shipwreck artifacts.

Peckham says, “The old rule of Finders, Keepers no longer applies and projects such as the development of a New York State Blueway Trail and the Dive the Seaway Trail project are structured ways for divers to properly visit shipwrecks without destroying them.”

National Geographic Contributor Shares Underwater Images August 16
On Thursday, August 16 at 6 pm at the Clayton Opera House, be prepared to “ooh” and “aah” at the photos of David Doubilet, who has photographed the underwater destinations of the world for National Geographic Magazine since 1971.

Doubilet shares his underwater images as part of the 2007 Great Lakes Seaway Trail Shipwrecks series and will speak about his first underwater photography at age 12 with a Brownie Hawkeye camera and his life of adventure since then. His work has taken him from his home in Clayton, NY, to the underwater landscapes of some of the largest freshwater systems on the planet, including the Okavango Delta system in Botswana and the St. Lawrence River.

Dive Captain to Talk about Wreck of The Islander August 30

The first shipwreck Ken Kozin explored as a novice diver 12 years ago was The Islander, a wooden sidewheel steamer built in 1871. Today, Captain Ken Kozin, certified by the Professional Association of Dive Instructors for the past ten years and a US Coast Guard Licensed Captain, guides people to The Islander which is easily accessible from shore and to offshore wrecks aboard his custom-designed Thousand Islands Dive Excursions boat out of Clayton, NY.  

On Thursday, August 30 at 6 pm Kozin will talk about the wreck of The Islander at Alexandria Bay at the Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor, NY. Kozin says,
The visibility of the Seaway Trail waters and the spectacular collection of wrecks make the byway region ideal for divers.” To encourage people to travel the full length of the freshwater America’s Byway and National Recreation Trail, Seaway Trail, Inc. has begun installing new maritime theme and shipwrecks outdoor interpretive panels at sites Trailwide

Haunted Wrecks Topic of Series Finale September 20 at JCC
Great Lakes historian and author Frederick Stonehouse concludes the shipwrecks series with a September 20th presentation on haunted shipwrecks at Jefferson Community College in Watertown, NY, at 12:30 pm. JCC students and Seaway Trail members will be admitted free. Watch for more details!

Admission to each of the shipwrecks programs is $4.

A Great Lakes Seaway Trail Shipwrecks exhibit is at the Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor through September 20. The exhibit includes an interactive underwater-simulated learning program courtesy of Pennsylvania Sea Grant, interpretive panels, an underwater photography display provided by the Oswego Maritime Foundation, diving equipment from the New York State Divers Association and reclaimed ships’ anchors on loan from French Creek Marina, Clayton. NY.

The Seaway Trail, Inc. and Seaway Trail Foundation operate the Center, open daily 10 am to 5 pm in the former Union Hotel built in 1817-1818 and owned by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The Shipwrecks exhibit and speakers series is sponsored by the Seaway Trail Foundation, New York and Pennsylvania Sea Grants, TGI Fridays, Day’s Inn-Denny’s, French Creek Marina, Key Bank, the New York State Divers Association and the Social Cultural Committee and Hospitality & Tourism Student Organization of Jefferson Community College.

For more information, call 315-646-1000. # # #