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UASC Meeting Wednesday at Jak's Tap PDF Print E-mail

Hey Everybody,

The October UASC meeting will be this Wednesday, October 30th, at Jak's 
Tap, 901 West Jackson, a few blocks east of our past regular meeting 
location. Business should start at 7:00, our Guest Speaker around 8:00
and I'm sure many will arrive early in time to get some snacks or even 
dinner before the meeting. For those who have not been there before, 
there is a $5 parking lot just east of Jak's, on the north side of 
Jackson. See http://www.jakstap.com for maps, menus, and other information.

This month's Guest Speaker will be Patrick T. McBriarty, author of the 
recently published book "Chicago River Bridges". This is an excellently 
researched 330-page hardcover book, eight years in the making, and the 
winner of the 2013 Henry N. Barkhausen Award for original research on 
Great Lakes Maritime History.

Read more... [UASC Meeting Wednesday at Jak's Tap]
 
September 2013 PDF Print E-mail

Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago

Meeting Minutes 25 September 2013

(Meeting Minutes written September 26th, 2013 by Kathleen Bell)

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.
  • Vice President report – Robert Hughes was present.
  • President elect report – Bob Rushman was present.
  • Secretary – John Gerty was not present. Kathleen Bell took minutes. The August minutes are available on the website
  • Treasurer –Bob Gadbois, reported on the status of the Treasury.

Old Business

  • ICSSD Beach Cleanup (9/21) was successfully held at Greenwood Beach in Evanston. Waves prohibited diving, but the beach was cleaned, and BBQ was consumed.
  • The UASC DVD Library, courtesy of Bob Gadbois, is currently being cataloged and backed up by John Bell, who will post an inventory on the website
Read more... [September 2013]
 
August 2013 PDF Print E-mail

Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago

Meeting Minutes 28 August 2013

(Meeting Minutes written September 24th, 2013 by John Gerty)

General

  • Approximately 22 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

  • Annual Eastland Disaster Program- In Wheaton at the Eastland Fellowship Authority, Center for History.
  • Kim Kreiling, our Illinois DNR representative, has said that Gov. Quinn is on board for an underwater park in the Chicago area. Specific detailed proposals are being formulated for presentation to the Illinois legislature. 

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: Scheduling conflicts have delayed thiis talk for the time being.
  • 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 September 25th: The speaker will be Cal Kolthrade. who will give a talk on the wreck of the Prins Willem focusing on little known information about the ship and showing video documentation of how the ship has been deteriorating in recent years. He will also discuss the art of underwater videography and how to create edited videos suitable for showing at film festivals.
  • 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: John Bell extended the grid tagging array. More measurements between the tags were completed. 
    • 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 and is expected to be implemented by the next meeting..
    • Wells Burt: Nothing new to report.
    • Solon H. Johnson: One dive trip was accomplished. Vis was good, and video was completed on about half the remaining portion of the wreck. The bow section, which was last seen at Illinois Beach State Park, appears to have disintegrated.
  • Chicago Scuba Meetup: Held on 3rd Mondays at Jak’s Tap.
Read more... [August 2013]
 
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

 
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