– Ohio Sea Grant has released a new full-color brochure, Lake Erie Shipwrecks and Maritime Tales,
which details the location of 28 shipwrecks. The free brochure can be located
at all Ohio Sea Grant Extension offices, coastal visitor's bureaus, maritime
museums, coastal dive centers, or by calling the Lorain County Visitors Bureau
Shipwrecks and Maritime Tales coincides with the launch
of the interactive Lake Erie shipwrecks
website found at www.ohioshipwrecks.org,
where the brochure can also be found for printing. Together, they seek to
inform and educate the public of the presence of Lake Erie
shipwrecks and the importance of preserving and protecting these historic time
advantage of having the brochure is that people can carry it with them when
they are visiting Ohio's Lake
Erie coastal area,” states Dave Kelch, Ohio Sea Grant
Extension Specialist. “We really want the public to discover the maritime
history of Lake Erie.”
boasts 28 wreck sites, providing details on latitude, longitude, vessel
description and history as well as specific tips for divers. Also included are
locations of 30 historic lighthouses and museums and maps for directions. An
online version of the brochure can be found at http://www.ohioshipwrecks.org/images/siteimages/Eric013_Shipwreck_web.pdf.
Despite being the
shallowest of all the Great Lakes, averaging depths of 62 feet, Lake Erie is home to more than 1,700 shipwrecks, of which
only 277 have been found. Increased water clarity over the years now gives the
public new opportunities to see these sites for themselves.
The grant for this
publication was provided by the Ohio Lake Erie Commission, through its Lake
Erie Protection Fund. Funding for the grant comes from Ohioans purchasing
Great Lake” License plates. Additional funding was provided by Ohio
Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Coastal Management Program.
Ohio Sea Grant
Extension is within The Ohio State University Extension and is part of Ohio Sea
Grant College Program. For more information on Ohio Sea Grant visit www.ohioseagrant.osu.edu.
For the shipwrecks website, visit www.ohioshipwrecks.org.
For more information
on the publication, contact Dave Kelch at 440.326.5851 or email@example.com.