Tacoma – Bob Rushman said that it has changed since the site map was done. Jim has a copy of it. Tom said he started diving it 45 years after it sunk.
Scott Reimer said that because it is so heavily dived, UASC should make slates for the Straits of Mackinac as we had for the Buccaneer.
Wells Burt – Colin is in charge of the resurvey, but Tom said that when he dived it last spring, there wasn’t much change.
Silver Spray – Johnathan is now back from Scotland. The wreck is very close to the shore and is in danger of being destroyed.
Material Service Barge – It is very much changed. Clear weather will be needed to survey it. Eric’s Wreck – Dave Thompson will be here for a survey in July
Keith Pearson has said that he will assign one dive per weekend all summer long from his boat Double Action.
501C3 status – This will be a UASC goal for this year. Upcoming Events
Possible NAS courses are Photo Mosaicing, Archaeological Illustration, Offshore Navigation and Acoustics. UASC receives its NAS certification through The Wisconsin Underwater Archaeological Association. The seminars can be held here at the CMM.
March 24-26 – Beneath the Sea in New Jersey.
March 25 – Histories and Mysteries in Holland, Michigan
Volunteers are needed for short presentations.
Keith suggested making an ad board to be posted in dive shops saying that UASC needs divers.
Dean said that the Meet-up.com site is useful for other clubs since one can post events and have sign- ups. It costs $150 to be on it.
Coming up speakers include A&T Recovery in April, Robert Kurson, author of Shadow Divers in May, Paul Ehorn of Cleveland Underwater Explorers in September. We also may have Dr. Ted Karamanski and Kevin McGee.
Featured Speaker –Ken Schoon, professor at Indiana University Northwest and author of Calumet Beginnings, talked about his book “Shifting Sands—an Indiana Bicentenniel Project”. The reason for this project was that this was one of the most polluted areas in the nation. Since 1970, very polluted areas which flow into Lake Michigan received clean-up funding. The Indiana Dunes have a forest to the east and grasslands in Illinois to the west and both an arctic and desert climate. There was a large peat marsh, but it burned when a ditch was dug and it dried out. This was one of the other three major fires that happened at the same time as the Chicago Fire. The industry which developed here was in the center of an area where iron ore and limestone came from the north and coal from the south. There were no rules against waste in the water or amounts of soot from the smokestacks. Sand was mined as early as the 1850’s and clay for making bricks was dug at Hobart. Before refrigeration was invented, ice was harvested and sent to Chicago. Hunters made weekend trips here. The area was a transportation hub with many Indian trails and Lake County has more railroad tracks than any other area in Indiana. Ken showed a photo of his ancestor standing in a field of his onion crop. A building now stands there.