2017 Inland Seas Seminar Series
February 14, 2017
Tragedy and Discovery off the Shipwreck Coast:
The Wreck of the Schooner Nelson
Bruce Lynn, Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
“First Disaster of the Season.” Such was one headline that described the May 1899 shipwreck of the schooner Nelson, which went down so quickly that one eyewitness said that she sank as “quickly as one could snuff out a candle!” She sank on Lake Superior’s Southeast shoreline, in the vicinity of the Deer Park Life-Saving Station. What happened to her? How was she discovered? And why has this shipwreck been called “particularly tragic”…when most, if not all shipwrecks have a tragic story? Discover the dramatic story of the schooner Nelson in this exciting program!
Bruce Lynn was raised on a Century Farm in northwest Ohio and enlisted in the U.S. Army immediately after high school graduation. After basic training, Bruce was sent to Germany and became a part of the 7th Cavalry and patrolled the (then) East-West German and Hof (Czech) border(s). Upon ETS (honorable discharge) from the Army, Bruce applied and was admitted into The Ohio State University where he studied American History and Criminal Justice. While attending OSU, he spent his summers working on Mackinac Island at Fort Mackinac as an historical interpreter. Upon graduation, Bruce was accepted into Eastern Michigan University‘s Historic Preservation program where he studied Heritage Interpretation. At this time, he worked for Tauck World Discovery in the summer(s) and later completed an internship at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. Once he graduated with a Masters of Science from EMU, Bruce went to work full-time for the Mackinac State Historic Parks. During Bruce’s career, he has worked for the Alfred P. Sloan museum (Flint), the Piatt Castles (West Liberty, OH) and was hired by the Ohio Historical Society to assist with the creation of an economic impact survey of historic sites for the Ohio State Legislature. In 2011, he was rehired by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society as Operations Manager and now serves as Executive Director at the Shipwreck Museum. He is married to wife Jill, a veterinarian in Sault Sainte Marie, and they have seven”children”…four Chows and two cats.
March 14, 2017
USCG Oil-in-Ice Exercises
Brian Streichert, Preparedness Specialist, USCG, Sector Sault Ste. Marie, MI
From 2011-2016, the USCG conducted a series of oil-in-ice exercises in the Straits of Mackinac, Alaska, and Rhode Island. The purpose of these exercises was to identify, test, and validate oil-in-ice recovery equipment and strategies. Oil-in-ice recovery capability in open water was an identified gap by USCG Research and Development. The selected venues provided ideal training environments, and moreover, each venue offered realistic oil spill risks to the environment. The presenter will share the equipment and strategies that were tested and will discuss lessons learned from each respective exercise to include identification of what worked well as well as additional challenges in oil-in-ice recovery in open water.
Brian was born and raised in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. He joined the US Navy and served four years alongside the US Marine Corps as an FMF Corpsman. Wanting a change, he began courses and graduated from LSSU with a secondary education teaching certificate in History. He later enlisted in the Michigan National Guard and was deployed as a Combat Medic in support of OIF. Returning from Iraq, Brian accepted his commission into the Medical Services Corps and finished out his time in service with the US Army. He’s a father of two teenage boys and now that one is 17, thinks he almost has it figured out. Brian has worked for the USCG for over eight years as Sector Sault Sainte Marie’s Education Services Officer. During that time he completed his Masters in Asymmetrical Warfare and was hired over the summer as Sector’s Preparedness Specialist.
April 11, 2017
Boardman River Selective Fish Passage National Demonstration:
Keeping out the bad and encouraging the good!
Mark Breederland, Michigan Sea Grant Extension
This seminar will discuss a broad overview of the project and the preliminary ideas of the recently announced Selective Fish Passage Demonstration on the Boardman River. Announced by the Great Lakes Fishery Commission in Fall 2016, The Boardman River Union Street Dam site was chosen to implement a state-of-the-art system to keep adult sea lamprey upstream of the project site while allowing self-sustaining populations of various fish species to migrate to and from Lake Michigan and all the way up the Boardman River watershed. The project is in its very initial stages of a possible 10 year experiment to be followed with a long-term operational mode allowing such selective fish passage.
Mark Breederland works with Great Lakes coastal communities and has done so for over 25 years. He is a field-based educator with the Michigan Sea Grant College Program/Michigan State University Extension serving the Northwest Lower Michigan area from his base in Traverse City. He is collaborating with the Great Lakes Fishery Commission on the Boardman River Selective Fish Passage Project as part of the education and outreach team.