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‘Great Lakes Worst Shipwreck Disaster’ Presentation Coming to Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center

Dr. Caitlyn Perry Dial will discuss the layout of the ship and why it sank in the latest edition of the speaker series over at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center.

Alpena- One of the most disastrous and fatal shipwrecks in Great Lakes history will come to life at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center next Thursday.

Dr. Caitlyn Perry Dial of the Michigan Women’s Historical Center will present the story of the Eastland, a passenger boat designed to carry people between St. Joseph, Michigan and Chicago on Lake Michigan. Dr. Perry Dial will talk about what happened that summer day in 1915, providing imagery and discussion about the ship. Visitor Experience Manager Andrew Augustyn will be helping with the presentation which has plenty of rich maritime history.

“It’s all about the maritime heritage and the shared stories we have, so being a Lake Michigan shipwreck, a Lake Superior shipwreck, even a Lake Huron shipwreck… that maritime heritage that they represent, the stories behind that, the type of ship, it’s all just one type of singular story. It’s all relative,” said Augustyn.

The presentation is part of the Maritime Center’s series of speakers and films, taking place each month. The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6:30pm and the presentation will begin at 7:00pm.


Eastland, the Great Lakes Worst Shipwreck Disaster

April 26th 7:00pm

Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center

Free and open to the public