Tuesday, November 08, 2005


Event puts focus on shipwrecks


Times Herald
By Shannon Murphy
November 06, 2005

Annual show exhibits art, memorabilia
Michele Burna has a fascination with shipwrecks, especially those on the Great Lakes.
Burna, 26, of Capac was in her element Saturday at Shipwrecks Remembered 2005 at McMorran Place in Port Huron.

The annual event, put on by Out of the Blue Productions, featured displays and exhibits of shipwreck art and memorabilia, as well as presentations on Great Lakes shipwrecks. It also was a way to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior on Nov. 10.

"I've always been in love with lakes," Burna said. "And once you love lakes, you love ships; thus you love shipwrecks."

Burna said she enjoyed looking at the artwork of ships and the wrecks that were on display.
"The models and the artwork everyone has put together in remembrance of the wrecks fascinates me," she said.

Harbor Beach artist Robert McGreevy was showing and selling his works depicting numerous Great Lakes wrecks.

McGreevy became interested in shipwrecks and the workings of the United States Life Saving Service - a precursor to the U.S. Coast Guard - when he was a young boy.

McGreevy has a passion for an attempted 1879 rescue of a schooner that ran ashore on the tip of the Thumb. The U.S. Life Saving Service was called to rescue, but because of bad lake conditions, the entire life-saving crew perished. McGreevy said it was the only time an entire crew was lost during a rescue.

He was showing a commemorative painting of the crew getting into its boat, with a photograph of each crew member below.

McGreevy also re-creates paintings of ships that have sunk in the Great Lakes. He calls it "interpretive historical work."

"The reconstruction of these events is what I find interesting," he said. "It's like forensic science."

Gary Venet, owner of Rec & Tec Dive Charters Inc. in Port Sanilac, takes ship-lovers on dives of shipwrecks in Lake Huron each year. He said Great Lakes wrecks are interesting because the fresh water has preserved them, leaving the vessels nearly what they were like the day they sunk. He also said the fact there are so many wrecks close to home is appealing for divers.

"A lot of new divers want to dive a wreck, and they can do that near home," he said. "They like seeing old schooners still in the same condition and with the artifacts that were originally on them."


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