Our special guest presenter for April 2011 will be Brendon Baillod, one of the western Great Lakes best-known, respected authorities on maritime history and shipwrecks. Come and learn about methodology he has used successfully to research and find lost ships. He'll describe techniques for planning a search grid for a lost shipwreck, the 10 steps that need to be completed for successful research, and how to use available resources to find out what you need to know. Brendan's talk, extracted from his 3-part lecture series at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will have lots of interesting, useful information for all UASC members -- IT IS A MUST SEE for anyone interested in shipwreck research!
Brendon Baillod has been conducting original research into historic Great Lakes shipwrecks for over 20 years. He is the current president of the Wisconsin Underwater Archeology Association, a trustee of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, and a director-at-large of the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History. Brendon is a founder of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Research Foundation, which hosts Milwaukee's Ghost Ships Festival, and is a frequent consultant on Great Lakes shipwrecks. He has appeared as a subject matter expert on the History Channel, Discovery Channel and Science Channel, and was the recipient of the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History's 2008 "Award for Historic Interpretation." Brendon is the author of "Fathoms Deep But Not Forgotten: Wisconsin's Lost Ships," a comprehensive guide to the historic shipwrecks of Wisconsin and has published more than 50 articles and stories in regional magazines and journals.