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January 2015 Meeting Announcement PDF Print E-mail

January's UASC Program

Maritime Research at the National Archives
Archivist Katie Dishman

Are you interested in maritime research and history? Then the federal government has a variety of material for you.
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November 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago

Meeting Minutes 19 November 2014

(Meeting Minutes written by Beth Plotner)


  • Approximately 30 members and guests met at 7:00 pm. The meeting was held at the Chicago Maritime Museum located in the Bridgeport Arts Center, 35th at Racine, Chicago.
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November 2014 Meeting Announcement PDF Print E-mail

The November UASC meeting is this Wednesday, November 19th. UASC meetings are held at the Chicago Maritime Museum located at 1200 West 35th Street, Suite OE5010, Chicago, IL 60609. Free parking is available adjacent to the facility. Use the entrance next to the loading dock on the north side of the building adjacent to the parking lot. The door is at ground level and the museum is on the lower level down the stairway.

Our speaker this month will be Chet Childs with hopefully some support from Keith Pearson. Chet and Keith will be presenting on Chet's recent visit to the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensecola, Florida where several aircraft are currently being restored, some of which could possibly include the WWII planes recovered from Lake Michigan.

I'd also like to invite other member to bring video of any interesting activities that you may have participated in this year with the hope that they involve ship wrecks.

We will also continue the discussion that was intiated at the meeting last month which essentially was: let's start some seroius ship wreck survey work. Please come prepared with ideas, suggestions, and solutions.

Also, don't forget that the election of officers will be conducted at the November meeting. The slate of officers standing for election is:

President - Bob Rushman
Vice Presidet - Robert Hughes
Treasurer - Julie Scheibe
Secretary - Carol Sommers

However, it's still not too late to submit your name as a candidate so if you are interested in one of the positions please contact Jim Jarecki and let him know of your interest.


Bob Rushman
UASC President

3rd Annual Christmas Tree Schooner Play/Dinner Outing PDF Print E-mail

3rd Annual Christmas Tree Schooner Play / Dinner Outing

Saturday, December 13, 2014

3:00 PM to 5:30 PM

3745 North Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL

We will meet in the Main Entrance to the Theatre

You are once again invited to join members of The Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago (UASC) to attend an outing celebrating the Anniversary of the sinking of the Christmas Tree Ship…

The Rouse Simmons

The tale of this ship is legendary and the story has a resonating theme of history, family and tradition that is not only particularly fitting for the holiday season but for always!

Come join us for our Third Annual group outing to "The Christmas Schooner" play on Saturday, December 13 at 3 pm!! We had such a wonderful turn out last year and such a marvelous time that we are hosting this event again and are hoping for an even larger attendance by our family and friends!! Last year we were able to hit 30!

Please join the UASC and the Chicago Scuba Meetup (CSM) for an afternoon at the:


December 13, 2014 at 3 pm

3745 North Southport Avenue

Chicago IL


Price $38 p.p (The same price as 2012!!)

$56 with dinner included!

The performance lasts approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes.

This musical is wonderful for the entire family! As a group, we will obtain preferred seating and a deeply discounted ticket rate, therefore, we will again, open up attendance to our entire scuba family!!


Our group will again be continuing onto a secondary location attached to the Theatre for dinner after the play, if you would like to join us. I have secured reservations again with Cullen's, an excellent Irish Pub. We will be moving from the play to dinner at 5:30 pm. We will need a final count of Dinner attendance before the 1st of December to reserve seating.

As Cullen's could not provide our guest's with separate checks, I have garnered a "Price Fixe" private menu with them for our group. This way, separation of individual charges will not be needed. You can pay me through the UASC and I will pay the full bill with Cullens to make it as simple as possible!

For $18.00 per person... each person will be able to choose one item off of a private menu of 5 sandwiches/entrees with a side. This price is inclusive of soda/coffee/tea as well as tax and gratuity! Cocktails will also be flowing and can be ordered individually from the cash bar or the waitress.

The menu will be...

1) Cheeseburger

2) Chicken Sandwich

3) Reuben

4) Chicken Pot Pie

5) Shepherd's Pie

Please join us for this fantastic Holiday Tradition!

We look forward to this celebration with all of our friends and family!!! We hope more of you will be joining us! The more the merrier! This is quickly becoming a UASC tradition to the holiday season!! Can't wait to see you all there and look forward to sharing this event with all of you!!


If you or someone you know is interested in attending, please have them contact me- Julie Scheibe- by phone at 847-409-4816 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it so that we can reserve them seating with our group! Contact Julie  at 847-409-4816 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . There has been a lot of interest already and space is limited! (This is a small theatre of approximately 300 seats total!)

Cash or check are always welcome. Payments will be due by December 1, 2014. Please make any checks payable to UASC. Credit Cards will be accepted at the November 17th CSM meeting and the November 19th UASC meeting. Robert Hughes is available at 815/383-7403 for other credit card or PayPal (PP fee additional) payment options.

Checks can also be mailed to:

Robert Hughes 507 Halien Terrace Park Ridge IL 60068

After December 1, tickets will only be available on a first come, first serve basis based on availability of the remaining seating at the theatre!!


UASC - CSM 2015 Holiday Party PDF Print E-mail

CSM - UASC Annual Holiday Party

Saturday, January 10, 2015

This year’s Holiday Party is at Buca di Beppo

90 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard, IL Phone: 630.932.7673

6:00 cocktails, 6:15 - 6:45 Appetizer, 7:00 dinner

Followed by members presentations. "Our mini Our World Underwater". We will have one of the 2 banquet rooms to ourselves. One serves 80 and the other 120 so attendance will determine same.

Invite your friends and bring the entire family!

We Look Forward To Seeing Everyone Here as this is always a fantastic event!

The Dinner will be all you can eat family style, and the food here is Phenomenal!. The menu will be as follows:

Appetizer- Bruschetta

Salad – Caesar with parmesan and croutons and Antipasto (olives, pepperoni, pepperoncini, cheeses, and onions)

Home Baked Bread

Pastas- Cheese Ravioli in marinara

Penne Basilica (Creamy pesto with chicken and broccoli)

Spicy Chicken Rigatoni (Rosa sauce with chicken and peas)

Entrees – Chicken Saltimbocca ( Chicken wrapped in prosciutto in a lemon butter sauce with artichoke hearts)

Sides- Meatballs and Italian Sausage

Dessert – Plain cheesecake with raspberry or chocolate sauce

The cost of the dinner does include unlimited non-alcoholic beverages- soda, coffee, tea and iced tea.

It is a cash bar.

When you RSVP please email (see below) and let me know if you would prefer a Vegetarian plate, gluten free, etc.

Entertainment: Please bring a few of your slides, short video, or media presentation to share with the group.

Parking: – Voluminous parking all around the restaurant and in the mall. It is all FREE!!

Directions on their website-

The restaurant is immediately off of all major highways and North of I-88 at the Highland Ave off ramp. Just passed the stoplight at 22nd street and on your right in the mall lot.

Cost: - $42/per person, checks made out to "UASC".

You can give checks to Julie Scheibe, Scott Reimer or Robert H. Hughes at the CSM or UASC meetings or mail them directly to:

Scott Reimer or Julie Scheibe

4681 Kenilworth Dr., # 307 C/O Robert Hughes

Rolling Meadows, IL 60008 507 Halien Terrace

My mobile number is (847) 561-2272. Park Ridge, IL  60068

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 847-409-4816

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*We need to give a final count 14 business days before the event. We cannot guarantee a seat for those that show up, the day of the event, without a reservation. If you know you are not planning on coming and don’t want to get anymore emails or phone calls about this event please let me know that too!

September 2014 Meeting Announcement PDF Print E-mail

Hello All,

The August UASC meeting is this Wednesday, September 24th. UASC meetings are held at the Chicago Maritime Museum located at 1200 West 35th Street, Suite OE5010, Chicago, IL 60609. Free parking is available adjacent to the facility. Use the entrance next to the loading dock on the north side of the building (same side you will park on). The door is at ground level and the museum is on the lower level down the stairway.

The White Sox will be out of town so there won't be any game related traffic.

We do not have a speaker lined up this month so instead I thought this would be a great opportunity to take look at some historical work previously produced by UASC. The topic will be "This Old Boat", a lecture on sailing vessels presented back in 1998 by one of our board members, Dave Truitt.

We'll also discuss and hopefully make some intial plans for the UASC car ferry exhibit at the Illinois Railway Museum. We will be looking for help to pull this project together. I also expect to have an update on the direction of the UASC web site as well.

I hope to see you all at the meeting

Bob Rushman
UASC President

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