01 16, 2021

Discover the story of one of Lake Erie’s most tragic voyages

By |2021-01-16T12:00:28-05:00January 16, 2021|

If you’re interested in Lake Erie history, discover the snowstorm that doomed the tug Admiral, its consort tanker-barge Cleveco, and their crews.

Speaker Kevin Magee describes the doomed voyage that began on Dec. 1, 1942. The vessels left Toledo with 33 men and a million gallons of crude oil that were critical to the nation’s World War II efforts.

For more on local shipwrecks, you can borrow several books from our collection or watch our interview with shipwreck hunters and authors Georgann and Mike Wachter.

09 22, 2020

Discover Lake Erie ‘Riverside’ shipwreck

By |2020-09-22T06:00:08-04:00September 22, 2020|

Explore a sunken schooner and discover the great storm that downed it during an online program we’re hosting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Presenter Kevin Magee will discuss the storm of 1893 that sunk the Riverside in Lake Erie. All seven of its crew members and payload were lost on the way to Kelleys Island. More than a century late, the Cleveland Underwater Explorers (CLUE) located the shipwreck about 25 miles off of Cleveland. See photos of the preserved wreck and learn more about this remarkable ship and storm during Magee’s talk.

This program is free to watch and will be broadcast via Zoom. Registration is required. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

For more on local shipwrecks, watch our interview with shipwreck hunters and authors Georgann and Mike Wachter.

12 31, 2019

Explore the shipwrecked Sultan

By |2019-12-31T06:00:02-05:00December 31, 2019|

Learn the story behind one of the most dramatic shipwrecks in Lake Erie during a special program at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 13, at our Main Branch.

Presenter Kevin Magee will describe the fatal night in 1864 when the brigantine Sultan foundered during a storm only a few miles from Euclid’s shore. Most of the crew climbed the rigging in hopes of surviving the storm, but only one lived to tell the harrowing tale.

Magee will also explain how the shipwreck was discovered by the Cleveland Underwater Explorers (CLUE) in 2011. The wreck is unique because of how well-preserved it is, and because of its unusual cargo.

The program is free to attend. But space is limited so registration is required. You can RSVP online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

If you enjoy this program, you may also enjoy watching:

All of which you can stream right now with your Mentor Public Library card.

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