2011-03-20 / Dining & Entertainment

Experts on RMS Titanic and Great Lakes shipwrecks reveal mysteries of the deep in March 22 presentation at Sloan Museum

FLINT — Titans of the industry will take the audience to the depths of the vast Atlantic Ocean and delve into the secrets of the Great Lakes in An Evening with Underwater Explorers, set for 7-8:30 p.m., March 22, at Sloan Museum.

The evening, sponsored by Sloan Museum and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society, is a rare coming together of shipwreck and maritime history enthusiasts from across Michigan as well as experts from around the globe. Paul Henry Nargeolet, world- renowned deepdive explorer and veteran of more than 30 dives to the Titanic, and Kenneth Vrana, president of the Center for Maritime & Underwater Resource Management and codirector of the Titanic Mapping Project, will present RMS Titanic and the Titanic Mapping Project - Michigan Connections, highlighting their many expeditions to the Titanic wreck site and their notable recoveries.

Vrana and Richard Gross, chief historian, Great Lakes Exploration Group, will present Le Griffon: Has LaSalle’s 1679 Flagship been found in Lake Michigan? Built in the wilderness by French explorer Rene-Robert Sieru de La Salle, Le Griffon’s 1679 maiden voyage began in Niagara and included stops in present day Detroit, St. Ignace and Green Bay. It went down on its return trip to Niagara. Since no debris has ever been found, historians believe it likely that the vessel went straight to the bottom of the lake intact. Discovery of the ship will fill in missing gaps of La Salle’s early exploration of North America.

Tom Farnquist, Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society and Paul-Henry Nargeolet will end the evening by elaborating on The Search for the Lost French Minesweepers of Lake Superior. Tickets for the presentation are $6 and can be purchased at the Museum’s front desk or by calling (810) 237-3450.

The Sloan Museum is located at 1221 E. Kearsley St., Flint.

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