STURGEON BAY, WI (March 1, 2016) –The Door County Maritime Museum’s Maritime Speaker Series continues Thursday, March 3, with a program by author Joan Forsberg based on her book “The Wreck of the Griffon -- The Greatest Mystery of the Great Lakes” that she co-authored with her husband Cris Kohl.
This multi-media program, based on the intensely researched new book, relates the fascinating story of the Griffon, and many of the 22 claims of discovery made in the past 200 years, with exciting on-screen visuals, vibrant background music and dramatic live narration. A book-signing will follow the presentation.
In the year 1679, the ship disappeared with its entire crew and valuable cargo of furs. Built by the explorer, Robert La Salle, near Niagara Falls, its loss nearly ruined him. To this day, more than 335 years later, the wreck of the Griffon has not definitively been found. It has become the most hunted – and the most “found” – shipwreck in Great Lakes history.
On its maiden voyage, this ship was the very first vessel to sail across Lake Erie, up the Detroit and St. Clair Rivers, and across Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. On its way back to Niagara from Green Bay, it vanished, commencing the centuries-long quest to discover its fate.
Forsberg is a well-known maritime historian, scuba diver, author, speaker and underwater videographer. She has been the Chairman of the “Shipwrecks and Underwater Archaeology Room” at Chicago’s annual Our World– Underwater Show since 1996 and was inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame in 2010.
The Maritime Speaker Series will conclude in April. Bruce Lynn, Executive Director of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society, and Chris Winters will present “The Legend Lives On,” based on their book about the remarkable legacy of the Edmund Fitzgerald. The presentation is Thursday, April 7, and will help close out the museum’s 40th anniversary tribute exhibit to the Great Lakes’ most famous shipwreck later in the month.
Maritime Speaker Series programs are free of charge with a nonperishable food donation requested. Call 920.743.5958 or visit www.dcmm.org for more information.