Posted on August 7th, 2019

The A.A. Parker found herself sinking in a heavy gale off Grand Marais, Michigan on September 19, 1903. Fortunately the U.S. Life Saving Service installation saw her distress signals, quickly rowed out to the vessel, and saved her entire crew of 18 men and two dogs just as her spar deck slipped beneath the waves.

Members and donors of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society know that this is the time of year to consider making a tax deductible summer contribution to the Shipwreck Society’s many Capital Projects. This is our announcement of this fundraising effort for 2019.

The latest capital project we have undertaken is production of a new Shipwreck Documentary Video Series that will provide information about Lake Superior’s wrecks of the A.A. Parker, Cyprus, Schooner Nelson, and our brand-new discovery of the composite steamer (constructed of wood and metal), the S.R. Kirby which lies at an extreme depth off the Keweenaw Peninsula.

Discovery of this wreck in June of 2019 was aided by continuing improvements to our SideScan sonar, our Research Vessel David Boyd, and funding for Shipwreck Society Underwater Research Activities – supported by your generous donations. We are also looking at the possibility that restoration of our Motor Lifeboat USCG 36381 will be completed by the end of this summer at Mertaugh Boat Works of Hessel, Michigan.

Capital funding for current projects is the primary goal of the Summer Appeal:

  • Shipwreck Documentary Production
  • Motor Lifeboat Restoration
  • Sensing/Sonar Equipment for the R.V. David Boyd
  • Underwater Research Activities
  • Development of Future Museum Exhibits and Educational Outreach

Please make an online donation to the 2019 Summer Appeal today.

We thank our members and donors who have been so instrumental in making the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society the fine organization is has become. Please feel free to contact Sean Ley, Development Officer, at 906-635-1742 with any questions!

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