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Election Nominees, November Meeting DATE and Location, Dues, Parties PDF Print E-mail

Hey Everybody,

Just a couple of important items that came up at Wednesday's meeting:

1. The Nominating Committee has nominated the following individuals for 
2014 Officers:

President - Bob Rushman
Vice President - Robert Hughes
Secretary - Beth Plotner
Treasurer - Julie Schiebe

Additional nominations, including self-nominations, will be 
accepted up until the time of the vote, which will occur at the November 

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May 2012 Minutes PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Gerty   

Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago

Meeting Minutes 30 May 2012


  • Approximately 33 members and guests met at 6:30 on the 8th floor of the Helix Building, 310 S. Racine at Jackson.

Guest Speaker

  • Our special guest this month is Sargent Ray Mazzola of the Chicago Police Marine Unit. Ray has been a certified diver since 1963, and has been assigned to the marine unit since 1977, during which time he has been involved in countless underwater search and recovery operations throughout the Chicagoland area, including but not limited to great expanses of Lake Michigan. I expect we can all learn a thing or two from Ray about searching for ( historical ) artifacts on the lake bottom, as well as hearing some very interesting stories of some of the searches he has been involved in and some of the interesting things he has found during his long history of diving Chicago area waters.

Bonus Presentation

  • This evening's Bonus Speaker was past UASC President, Tony Kiefer. He reviewed many of the finer points of wooden ship construction, especially as it applied to Great Lakes saiing vessels. Of special note was his primary reference work "Wooden Ship Building" by Charles Desmond. Originally published in 1919, reprints are available.
  • Tonight's meeting was conducted by our President, John Bell. Refreshments were provided by Margo and Chuck Miller.
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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 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.

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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)


  • 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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The Christmas Tree Ship PDF Print E-mail

Need a great, new way to get in the Christmas spirit? 
Here's one that comes along only once in 100 years:


The Christmas Tree Ship
A Centennial Commemoration of a Chicago Tradition
Friday, November 30, 2012 at 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Chicago History Museum, Rubloff Auditorium
1601 N. Clark St., Chicago

Attendance is free and open to the public. 
(See attached flyer for more details and map.)

Come and help these featured guest presenters and performers commemorate the 100th anniversary of the loss of Chicago's premier "Christmas Tree Ship," the schooner Rouse Simmons.

Ruth Flesvig Gibson, author of "The Christmas Tree Ship"

Fred Nueschel, author of "Lives and Legends of the Christmas Tree Ships"

Rochelle Pennington, author of "The Historic Christmas Tree Ship: A True Story of Faith, Hope and Love"

Tesseract Theatre Ensemble, with musical renditions from the Christmas Tree Ship musical play

Lee Murdock, maritime folk musician and composer of "The Christmas Ship"

…and others.

See the nameboard and other artifacts recovered from the lost Christmas Tree Ship Rouse Simmons. Meet a relative of the Rouse Simmons skipper "Captain Santa," Herman Schuenemann.

There is no cost to attend and enjoy. It's all free, but pre-registration is requested. Click here to register online. At 7 p.m. on November 30th, the Christmas Tree Ship sails again. Don't miss out!

icon Rouse Simmons Centennial 

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