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July 2013 PDF Print E-mail

Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago

Meeting Minutes 31 July 2013

(Meeting Minutes written August 27th, 2013 by John Gerty)

General

  • Approximately 30 members and guests met at 6:30 pm.  This month’s location was the Chicago Maritime Museum located on the 6th floor of the Helix Building on the southwest corner of Racine and Jackson.

Board and Committee Reports

  • President – John Bell  welcomed everyone. 
  • Secretary – John Gerty was present. The June meeting minutes were submitted.
  • Treasurer –Bob Gabois, reported on the status of the Treasury.
  • Membership Report – Scott Reimer provided updated membership rosters. 

Old Business

  • Jim Haigh Memorial Dive, July 28th– At Haigh Quarry; there will be a day of diving followed by a potluck dinner at 5:15pm and a night dive.
  • Annual Eastland Dissaster Program- In Wheaton at the Eastland Fellowship Authority, Center for History.

New Business

  • Thursday Night Dive Charters with Windy City Diving- UASC has agreed to establish six scheduled dive dates this season with Captn. Jim Gentile.  These dives will occur on Thursday evenings.  Cost will be underwritten by UASC to provide support for current shipwreck research projects. 4 to 6 divers will be accommodated.  Cost will be  $40 pp with 6 divers; $50 pp for 5 divers; or $60 pp for 4 divers.  Support is only for specific plans to accomplish specific goals on current research projects.
  • The Brendon Baillod program on Research Methodology: This follow-up program is still being worked on.  An announcement will be made via email once things are decided upon.
  • NAS Level I Course: Another course is being proposed; Date TBD; Kevin Cullen would conduct the course. 
  • NAS Level III:  Credit is being applied for those participants in the ROV Workshop held in the spring.  Submission of a syllabus appears to be sufficient to earn this credit.
  • Next UASC Meeting is August 28th: The speaker is to be announced in the next meeting announcement email. Thank you Jim Jarecki for arranging our speakers.
  • ICSSD reported by Claire Gadbois:
  • September 21st: International Beach Clean-up Day
  • October 19th President’s Night Dinner : At 6:30pm at Angelo’s Restaurant in Elmhurst
  • Survey Reports:
  • Car Ferry Barge No. 2: Nothing new to report..
  • Val’s Wreck: Nothing new to report.
  • Flora Hill: Nothing new to report.
  • Silver Spray: Jonathan Plotner reported a preliminary survey plan has been developed.
  • Wells Burt: Nothing new to report.
  • Solon H. Johnson:  One dive trip was accomplished.  Water was 52 F; some drawing was conducted, but a late start and the cold water hampered efforts.
  • July 31st speaker is: John Gerty may report on the Mystic Seaport Museum or the San Diego Maritime Museum.
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources: Kim Krieling is the liaison for the DNR.  An underwater park for Chicago area shipwrecks is being  developed for submission to the Illinois legislature.
  • Kim Krieling : Requested a list of artifacts, held by UASC.  These are primarily from the Wells Burt and have been stored at various locations by UASC members.
  • Webmaster:  Jack Bolous brought up the issue of difficulties with organizing the Thursday Night Project Dives, which Windy City Diving has offered to support.
  • Bob Gadbois: Is creating a video archive of past UASC surveys.  A list will be posted on the web-site and access to the videos will be available  throught the members only area.
  • Chicago Scuba Meetup: Held on 3rd Mondays at Jak’s Tap.

Other Business

Thank you Chet Childs and Jim Jarecki for providing tonight’s refreshments.

Refreshments for the August meeting have yet to be arranged..

Featured Speaker: John Gerty

Subject: Mystic Seaport Maritime Museum

UASC Secretary John Gerty will report on the Wooden Boat (Magazine) Show held at Mystic Seaport Museum, in Mystic, Connecticut.  The museum has a large collection of historic watercraft on a site which mimics a New England maritime port.  There is a full boat works on site.  The whaling ship Charles W. Morgan, built in 1841 and active until 1928, has been recently restored at Mystic.

Upcoming Events.

  • UASC- Scheduled speakers have been named for October: Stephen Cullen, of WUA; November: James Delgado; December: Holiday Party; January 2014: UASC Survey Project Reports.
  • Tall Ships Chicago at Navy Pier:  August 7th -11th.  There is a Group-on discount available.
  • Association for Great Lakes Maritime History:  Septmber 13th-14th; Mission Point Resort, Mackinac Island: Beginning with a reception on Thursday evening, plans for this year’s conference include an opportunity to visit a number of sites on historic Mackinac Island which was the site of one of the earliest battles of the War of 1812 on the Great Lakes. In addition to its capture by British forces at the start of the conflict, following the Siege of Fort Mackinac, the island was also the site of one of the first setbacks for American forces following their naval victory at the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813

Other Business

  • Refreshments – Thanks to Dan Kasberger for his continuing organizing of the refreshments.
  • Meeting Ended – The meeting ended with project leaders presenting reports and stating future goals for their endeavors.
  • Adjournment: Discussions continue after the meeting at Union Park or Ricobenes’s.
 
June 2013 PDF Print E-mail

Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago

Meeting Minutes 26 June 2013

(Meeting Minutes written July31st, 2013 by John Gerty)

General

  • Approximately 34 members and guests met at 6:30 pm.  This month’s location was the Chicago Maritime Museum located on the 6th floor of the Helix Building on the southwest corner of Racine and Jackson.

Board and Committee Reports

  • President – John Bell  welcomed everyone. 
  • Secretary – John Gerty was present. The March meeting minutes were submitted.
  • Treasurer –Bob Gabois, reported on the status of the Treasury.
  • Membership Report – Scott Reimer provided updated membership rosters. 

Old Business

  • Eileen Skib-Bach Memorial Dive, June 22 – At Haigh Quarry; there will be a day of diving followed by a potluck dinner at 5:15pm and a night dive.

New Business

Read more... [June 2013]
 
Meeting Wednesday 31 July at 7:00 PDF Print E-mail

Hey Everybody,

Sorry for the short notice, but the next UASC meeting is this Wednesday
31 July, at the Chicago Maritime Society Museum, on the 6th floor of the 
Helix / LifeStorage building, 310 S. Racine at Jackson. As usual, light 
refreshments will start at 6:30, business at 7:00, and the main speaker 
at around 8:00.

This month's speaker will be our very own John Gerty, speaking on the 
Wooden Boat Show that was held recently at Mystic Seaport Museum in 
Mystic, Connecticut. Mystic is one of the premier maritime museums in 
the country. It has an active restoration and reproduction boatyard; 
displays include docked steam and sailing ships; work boats; plus dozens 
of buildings containing static displays of boats, models and historic 
artifacts. The wooden boats which were the focus of the boat show 
comprise vessels of all shapes and sizes, made by both professional boat 
shops and individual builders. John's presentation will focus primarily 
on the museum's holdings, but will also cover some of the other wooden 
boats entered for the boat show.

If you have any items that you would like added to the agenda, please 
let me know, particularly if you have materials to display on the screen 
as part of the discussion.

I believe there is at least one and possibly two volunteers to help with 
refreshments this month, but still some room for additional help, so if 
you would like to help out with refreshments, either this month or some 
other month, please contact Dan Kasberger,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thanks, and hope to see you on Wednesday,

John

 
May 2013 PDF Print E-mail

Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago

Meeting Minutes 29 May 2013

(Meeting Minutes written June 26th, 2013 by John Gerty)

General

  • Approximately 28 members and guests met at 6:30 pm.  This month’s location was the Chicago Maritime Museum located on the 6th floor of the Helix Building on the southwest corner of Racine and Jackson.

Board and Committee Reports

  • President – John Bell  welcomed everyone. 
  • Secretary – John Gerty was present. The March meeting minutes were submitted.
  • Treasurer –Bob Gabois, reported on the status of the Treasury.
  • Membership Report – Scott Reimer provided updated membership rosters. 

Old Business

  • Chicago Maritime Society, May 16th – CMS hosted a panel discussion program on “the Lowest Water Levels in Lake Michigan’s History: What it means for the Chicago Recreational Boating Community’s 2013 Season?”.  The program was held at the Corinthian Yacht Club, at Montrose Harbor, Chicago.  No details were known at the time of our UASC meeting.
Read more... [May 2013]
 
Meeting Wednesday Highlights the Wells Burt PDF Print E-mail

Hey Everybody,

Sorry for the late notice, but the next meeting of UASC will be this 
Wednesday, June 26th, at the LifeStorage / Helix building, 310 S. Racine 
at Jackson. As usual, light refreshments will start at 6:30, business 
at 7:00, and the main speaker around 8:00.

Our speaker for this month's meeting will be Keith Pearson, Past 
President and Founding Member of UASC, speaking on the Wells Burt. Keith 
was one of the original discoverers of the Wells Burt, as part of A & T 
Recovery, back in 1988, and was then one of the major surveyors of the 
wreck as part of UASC's first big survey project in the late 1980s and 
early 1990s. Keith will talk about the history of the wreck, the 
condition it is in now, and lead a discussion of what if anything should 
be done about it next, 25 years after its original discovery by A & T.

If anyone has anything they would like put on the agenda, please let me 
know by return e-mail.

Thanks, and I hope to see you all there on Wednesday,

John
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Thursday Night Charters PDF Print E-mail

Hey Everybody,

This got announced at last month's meeting, but not everyone was there, including some people who really needed to hear the message, so I'm repeating it via e-mail.

UASC has arranged with Jim Gentile ( Windy City Diving ) for a series of Thursday night charters at a reduced fare of $420 for the boat, for up to 6 divers.  UASC has agreed to underwrite $180 of up to 6 of these charters, bringing the cost for the boat down to $240, provided that there are at least 4 divers and that there are specified UASC survey activities taking place.  More specifically, UASC will underwrite the charter provided that there is a Project Leader with some specific plans and objectives for the trip, ( beyond "let's go out and see what it looks like". )  This then brings the cost per diver down to $40, $50, or $60 per diver, for 6, 5, or 4 divers on the boat.  ( Jim makes an extra $10 for 5 divers. )

There are some other reasonable restrictions, most notably that Jim can bump us if he gets a full-paying fare for a Thursday night, and that the survey site needs to be a reasonable distance from one of the two harbors that Jim goes out of.

So if you are a Project Leader with a project that can make good use of this resource, then make some plans and let everyone know how they can get in on the work.

( If you would like to go out for a Thursday night fun dive, UASC won't underwrite it, but Jim may honor the $420 / boat price. You'll have to talk to Jim directly about that. )

John
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