Gales of November scheduled this weekend

A fourth decade of celebrating and preserving our region’s maritime heritage begins Friday.

The Gales of November program was started 31 years ago with a small gathering of divers interested in sharing photos and stories. This year, attendees can celebrate that beginning with an extra focus on over and underwater photography. Several speakers specialize in capturing Lake Superior and its

maritime heritage in images. Sponsors will continue to educate about that maritime history with presentations on the past and the future of the Great Lakes as a source of recreation and economic growth.

The event and companion Cruise of a Lifetime Raffle are the major fundraisers for the Lake Superior Marine Museum Association.

Friday, Nov. 2 events

11:45 a.m. : Check In Begins for the Noon Luncheon at The Sports Garden, 425 S. Lake Ave. with speaker Brett Seymour, deputy chief of the National Park

Service’s Submerged Resources Center

Noon : Welcome Greetings from Al Finlayson, President of the LSMMA Board of Directors, Ted Smith, President of the Propeller Club of Duluth-Superior

Presentation: “A Deep Dive into Our Shared Submerged History”

by Brett Seymour, deputy chief of the National Park Service’s Submerged

Resources Center

Friday afternoon speakers, all at the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center

1:40 p.m. : “A Behind the Scenes Look at the Duluth Harbor Cams”

by Dennis O’Hara, photographer

2:40 p.m. : “Naturally Brewed, Naturally Better: 150 Years of Making Beer with Lake Superior Water” by Tony Dierckins, author/publisher

3:30 p.m. : “Iron and Water” by Grant Merritt, attorney/author

Saturday, Nov. 3

All events at the DECC

7:15 a.m. : Registration & Packet Pickup Begins outside Ballroom

8:15 a.m. : Exhibit Hall Opens & Silent Auction Begins

8:45-9:20 a.m. : Opening Greetings from Gales Founder Elmer Engman and Lake

Superior Maritime Visitor Center Executive Director Denise Wolvin

Remembrance of Davis Helberg, former Duluth Seaway Port Authority

Executive Director and former President of the LSMMA Board of Directors,

by Jim Sharrow

9:30-10:15 a.m. : Ballroom K - “Diving into Canada’s North-Shore” by Richard

Harvey, Nipigon, ON, mayor and recreational diver

French Room - “Constructing a 1,000-footer: Creation of the Edwin H. Gott”

by Jim Sharrow, former Director of Port Planning and Resiliency for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority

10:30-11:20 a.m.:

Ballroom K – “Cruising the Inland Seas: Yesterday and Today”

by Fred Stonehouse, author/historian

Noon : Ballroom Dining Area

Greetings from LSMMA President Al Finlayson

Presenting of the Lake Superior Magazine Achievement Award to Fred Stonehouse

Presentation: “More Than a Job: Living the Lakes”

by Paul C. LaMarre III, Director of the Port of Monroe, Michigan

1:45-2:30 p.m.: Ballroom K - “The POV of an ROV Expert”

by Tom Crossmon, owner of Crossmon Consulting LLC

French Room - “A Whale of a Tale: Lake Superior’s Most Distinctive Ships”

by C. Roger Pellett, author/engineer

2:45-3:30 p.m.: Ballroom K - “Cruising the Inland Seas – Yesterday and Today” by Tamara Thomsen, maritime archaeologist and diver

French Room - “Over & Under the Big Lake Waves” by Christian Dalbec,


3:50 p.m. : Silent Auction Closes!

3:55-4:40 p.m.:

Ballroom K - “Preserving a Lost Way of Life: Restoration of Rock of Ages

Lighthouse” by David and Heather Gerth of the Rock of Ages Lighthouse

Preservation Society

French Room - “Photographic Confidences of a Passionate Boatnerd” by

Paul Scinocca, photographer

4:30 p.m. : Silent Auction bid winners posted; payment required by 5 p.m.

5:30 p.m. : Drawing for the Cruise of a Lifetime Raffle

5:45 p.m. : Reception on the top floor of Grandma’s Restaurant.

Cash bar and hors d’oeuvres