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The Wisconsin Underwater Archeology Association (WUAA) is pleased to announce the 11th Annual Wisconsin Underwater Archaeology and Maritime History Conference. In the effort to reach a new audience, this years conference will be held at the Neville Public Museum, in Green Bay, WI. The annual event brings together underwater archaeologists, maritime historians, divers, and Great Lakes enthusiasts for a stimulating day of presentations about maritime history and underwater archaeology in Wisconsin waters and beyond. Registration is $20 and is open to the public. For registration, directions, and conference information, visit the WUAA website at Inquiries can be made to conference chairperson, Kevin Cullen: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




October 23-30, 2015

About the schooner Grape Shot

The schooner Grape Shot was built in 1855 at the yard of B.B. Jones in Buffalo, New York. She carried two masts, and measured 129.67 ft. long, 23.35 ft. in breadth, with a 10.3 ft. depth of hold. For much of her career, she hauled grain from Chicago or Milwaukee to the eastern Great Lakes and returned to Lake Michigan with coal. There is note of several strandings in Lakes Erie and Ontario, a collision in Lake Huron, and a dismasting in Lake Michigan while bound from Buffalo to Milwaukee with general merchandise.

During a storm over the first few days of November 1867, the Grape Shot grounded on Plum Island (Northern Door Co., WI) with a cargo of lumber. She ran so far up on the rocks that her bow was lifted four feet into the air. The steam barge Leviathan along with the barge George Dunbar, which was sent from Chicago a few days later with a steam pump attempted to get her off. On 12 November 1867, after her cargo was salvaged, she was stripped of her rigging and abandoned. Incidentally, she had also run aground on Poverty Island in June 1866 and on Plum Island in August 1866. She was owned by J. Stafford of Chicago. She had received extensive repairs in 1865. No lives were lost.

About the field school

The 2015 Grape Shot field school was coordinated by the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Maritime Preservation and Archaeology Program, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Underwater Archeology Association. Eight students and four instructors participated in the week-long survey to train divers in underwater archaeology methodology, with the intention of creating a site plan and evaluation for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. To date, Wisconsin has more shipwrecks listed on the National Register than any state in the union. The field school was funded thanks to a generous grant from the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program.


wuaalogo72_100hIntroduction to Coastal and Underwater Archaeology Workshop


Saturday April 18, 2015
9 am - 4 pm
Green Bay, WI

The NAS Introduction course is the first stage in the Nautical Archaeology Society training program, which WUAA is partnering with to build a community of trained advocates to help document and promote Wisconsin's maritime heritage. This one day course offers an introduction to  Workshoparchaeology and maritime archaeology, combining a mixture of classroom and practical sessions. This course aims to promote archaeology more broadly, but to also provide specific content that pertains to the incredible history of Great Lakes maritime tradition. This introduction course will also introduce topics such as dating methods used in archaeology and how the current legislation applies to our underwater cultural heritage.

By the end of the day participants will:

•Have been introduced to the basic principles and scope of maritime archaeology

•Be able to apply 2D survey methods to an archaeological site

•Have an understanding of your rights and responsibilities concerning underwater heritage in Wisconsin

•Be qualified to pursue further NAS training credits, which can be applied toward future conferences and higher level training courses.

When: Saturday April 18, 2015

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - 1/2 hour lunch break, and 1/2 hour afternoon break

Where: Neville Public Museum | 210 Museum Place, Green Bay, WI 54303

Cost: $85, WUAA or NAS Members, $100 Non- Members | Price includes course materials, museum fees, & Lunch

Click Here for Course Brochure



Summer 2015 Underwater Survey Projects - Volunteers Needed

The WUAA will conduct underwater site surveys in the Bailey’s Harbor area during Summer 2015.
WUAA will also continues the 2015 WUAA/GLSA survey project in the Milwaukee area on the wreck of the Reliable. Dives will be made on Thursday evenings during the summer, with Gerry Guyer's boat. A fee of $20 per diver will be collected. If you are interested in participating contact Kimm Stabelfeldt at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Milwaukee area Survey Project

Clay Banks Survey Project
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