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Sawmill Creek Resort & Lodge, 400 Sawmill Creek Drive West, Huron, OH 44839
Sea Level Scuba
Shipwrecks of World War II & More
Lake ErieWreck Divers
Natureation - Bernie Atkins & Michele Stoffan
IPS Group, LLC
Cleveland Underwater Explorers
Osprey Dive Charters
James A. Andrews - Marine Artist
Buckeye Divers
Cindy LaRosa &
Kevin Mag
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Ken Marshall
Island Transportation
Catri on Canvas
T.A. Dive Club
Aqua Amigos
Columbus Sea Nags
Underwater Dive Center
Trident Marine - Holiday Dive Charters
Motion Controls Robotics
Deep Six Specialists
Time Past / Dave & Catherine LaGrange
Toledo Submariners
Ronald R.  Smith Law Firm
New Wave Dive Center
Deep Blue Adventures
Dave & Annette Soule
Aqua Hut
MAST - Maritime Archaeological Survey Team
Patrix Scuba's / Fourth Element
Dubbert's Professional Outdrive Services
Albrechta & Coble, Ltd.
Bob Adamov, Author
Just Add Water
Harbor Side Boat Sales
Rec & Tec Dive Charters
Great Lakes Tech Diving
Dennis Hale
Greater Cleveland Aquarium
Divers Incorporated/
White Star Quarry
The Perry Group
Evening Banquet Program: 6:30pm - 9:30pm: $40.00
Ralph Wilbanks
Marine Archaeologist, Shipwreck Hunter. Southern Gentleman
Aftermath on the bottom -- The Normandy Invasion
Ralph Wilbanks is probably best known for discovering the Confederate Submarine H.L. Hunley. However, this extraordinary accomplishment pales when viewed against the fullness of this singular individualís life.  Ralph is the principle investigator and owner of Diversified Wilbankís Inc., and has over 35 years of experience in underwater archaeology.  He has worked all over the world in search of historyís lost maritime treasures and is an advisory board member of Clive Cusslerís  NUMA (National Underwater and Marine Agency).

When he is not working on a NUMA assignment or traveling the world for many other organizations  He can be found towing his boat RV Divercty as far as the Great Lakes on personal search projects.  This past year he was involved in charting the lost ships and equipment off the WWII invasion coasts of Normandy. This extensive exploration discovered over 200 shipwrecks, many tanks, personnel carriers, and much more.  Besides all that, Ralph is one heck of a story teller.
Daytime Programs: 9:30am - 4:30pm $35.00
Plus 5 more  Great Lakes Shipwreck and Diving programs to be announced.
Presentation Schedule:

Welcome and administrative:  9:30 Am to 9:40 AM
Daytime Speaker 9:40 Am to 10:10 AM
Daytime Speaker: 10:10 AM to 10:40 AM
Break: 10:40 AM to 11:00 AM
Walter Lewis: 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM
Lunch: 11:45 AM tp 1:30 PM
Welcome back and administrative: 1:30 PM to 1:35 PM
Daytime Speaker: 1:35 PM to 2:05 PM
Daytime Speaker: 2:05 PM to 2:35 PM
Break: 2:35 PM to 3:00 PM
Daytime Speaker: 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Georgann & Mike Wachter: 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Run Over Contengency: 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Cocktails and Exhibitors: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Dinner:  6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Roll Warmup and Tribute: 7:15 PM to 7:30 PM
Master of Ceremonies: 7:30 PM to 7:45 PM
Joe Hoyt 7:45 PM to 8:15 PM
Break: 8:15 PM to 8:45 PM
Ralph Wilbanks 8:45 PM to 9:15 PM
Sponsor and Presenter Display area open from 10:00am to 6:30pm - Free

Survivors:  The Great Storm of 1913
Walter Lewis Bio

Most of the commemorations of the Great Storm of 1913 are focused on the sailors who lost their lives and some of the largest ships ever lost on the Great Lakes.  This presentation celebrates the survivors.  Some of them ended up ashore, to be salvaged and put back to work.  Others limped into port coated in ice or found a corner of the Lakes to lie up in.  A number of the steamers survived this storm only to be lost  on one or even two other occasions.  There are shallow wrecks and deep wrecks, and even one in Italian waters.
Operation Hailstorm - The Shipwrecks of Chuuk Lagoon
Georgann & Mike Wachter
Bio

Chuuk Lagoon, known as Truk Lagoon during WWII, is the premier wreck diving destination in the world.  Why? On February 17, 1944 the tropical skies over Truk Lagoon exploded with rage as U.S. Navy, Task Force 58 - a group of 9 aircraft carriers and related cruisers, destroyers and subs launched an attack on Truk Lagoon.  Mike and Georgann will take you back in history to explore the shipwrecks of Chuuk and the events leading to their loss.