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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.
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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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UASC Meeting Wednesday May 29 6:30-9:00 PDF Print E-mail

Hey Everybody,

The next UASC meeting is coming up fast, this Wednesday the 29th of May, at the Chicago Maritime Society space on the 6th floor of the Helix Building, 310 S. Racine at Jackson. As usual, light refreshments will start at 6:30, business at 7:00, and the guest speaker around 8:00.

This month our guest speaker will be Ted Karamanski, who will be presenting on the Great Lakes Sailing Vessels of the War of 1812. He is working on a history of the Great Lakes region, specifically a history of Lake Michigan, particularly a cultural and environmental history, book length.  Dr. Karamanski  is a Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago where he teaches courses in American Indian history, the Civil War, and public history. Karamanski has been a leading and national voice in the promotion of American and public history for more than three decades.  He was the founder and later director of Loyola’s Public History Program, the first such program in the Midwest and later the first to offer the Ph.D. in public history.   For a full biography on Dr. Karamanski, see http://luc.edu/history/people/facultyandstaffdirectory/theodorekaramanski.shtml

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March 2013 PDF Print E-mail

Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago

Meeting Minutes 27 March 2013

(Meeting Minutes written April 22nd, 2013 by John Gerty)

General

  • Approximately 40 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.  John Bell again extended the UASC/Our World Underwater New Member Special for any new members signing up at this meeting.
  • Secretary – John Gerty was present. The February meeting minutes were written by Clare Gadbois, thank you Clare.
  • Treasurer– Bob Gadbois reported on the status of the Treasury.  Contact Bob for further details.
  • Membership Report – Scott Reimer provided updated membership rosters.  Scott also reported on monies taken in.
Read more... [March 2013]
 
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