Marquette history center to host online shipwreck and scuba diving presentation exploring Lake Superior’s secrets

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Tune into a fun livestream event Wednesday to learn more about scuba diving the Great Lakes. “Marquette lake superior” by truppe is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Jesse Wiederhold

Students, faculty or staff interested in scuba diving the Great Lakes can tune in to a livestream event Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. The event is put on by The Marquette Regional History Center as they move into November. November is Shipwreck Month for the History Center, and Lake Superior harbors a large number of those.

According to the Marquette 365 event page, the event is held by local diving enthusiasts Erick Smith, Dan Fountain, and Don Fassbender. The hosts will be telling exciting stories about their experiences diving in the area. Specifically, viewers will hear exclusive tales of exploring the underwater world around Isle Royale. 

The page states that dive equipment will be shown and demonstrated above water. The hosts will also be showing images of local shipwrecks. They will also be talking about how diving has been picking up for the sport in the area. With how many shipwrecks and the beautiful summers that occur in Marquette, it makes perfect sense it would be a hotspot.

Indicated by the Marquette Underwater Preserve, Marquette is “Michigan’s largest city in its Upper Peninsula and having an ideal natural harbor, the Marquette area has played an important role in Michigan’s maritime history.” Naturally, due to the high amount of ships going through the area; there have been many wrecks over the years.

If you or someone you know is interested in this event, you can sign up on their website. The event does require a five dollar donation to the History Center to participate. According to the History Center, this is part of their 2020 Great Outdoor Series. The Marquette Regional History Center phone number is (906) 226-3571, or you can email [email protected] for more information.