Nautical Archaeology Training Workshop and Dinner

Course and Banquet dates will be April 28 and 29, 2018

One of the cornerstones of of the shipwreck research program at the National Museum of the Great Lakes is its training program run in conjunction with the Maritime Archaeology Survey Team.  This training program has trained over 350 avocational archaeologists over the last 15 years.  The training is over three days and you do not have to be a SCUBA diver to take the training.

This year our workshop will be on April 28-29, 2018 and May 19 OR 20, 2018.  The weekend in April will be classroom instruction and hands on practice and will take place at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio.  The in water practice, in May, will be in White Star Quarry.

There are two levels of training: Basic and Advanced.  The Basic class is open to anyone who is interested in shipwreck archaeology and is over 16 years of age.  The Advanced class is open to people that have previously taken the basic class.  Details about the levels of training can be found at

Registration for the workshop is $170 for either level and includes one ticket to the MAST annual dinner that will be held on April 28 at the  Maumee Bay Lodge in Oregon Ohio.

The phone number for the hotel is - (419) 836-1466 x 1 

As part of the training weekend, MAST will be holding their annual meeting, dinner, and program.  This is open to everyone!  This year we will be hosting Dr. John O'Shea, Curator of Great Lakes Archaeology at the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropological Archaeology and the Emerson F. Greenman Collegiate Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology.  He will be presenting "Hunting Caribou Hunters Beneath Lake Huron"  More information about his presentation can be found here:

New this year: We have online registration through Eventbrite!  You can do that here

Ticket for Dinner Only:

As always - if you have questions, please contact Carrie at 419-214-5000 x 201 or  Pass this information on to anyone you think might be interested in our program!

Workshop Flyer 2018

MAST in the News

Check out the Toledo Blade news article about Carrie Sowden and MAST. It was published on March 28th, 2017.



In Summer 2016 the Maritime Archaeological Survey Team (MAST) mooring for the Morning Star historic shipwreck (Ohio Archaeological Inventory number 33LN295) served as a platform for collecting water quality data.  In a collaborative effort, the Ohio State Historic Preservation Office connected Stone Laboratory of The Ohio State University, who have water quality probes (sonde), with MAST, who has a submerged anchor block and the technical capability to install the probe.  MAST members deployed the sonde on the Morning Star anchor block Labor Day and recovered it October 1st.

Read more here...

Find out how you can volunteer for Stone Laboratory's work weekend (It's not all work!) by following this link.

MAST Wins a 2016 Ohio Historic Preservation Award

MAST and CLUE (Cleveland Underwater Explorers) are co-recipients of the Ohio Historic Preservation Merit Award for the Sultan Shipwreck Mooring Buoy and Archaeology Project in Lake Erie.  "The Preservation Merit Award is for preserving Ohio's prehistory, history, architecture, or culture. "


GLHS - MAST Summer Field Work

It was a good summer for field work and we began our survey of the tug, Admiral. 

If you would like to participate in the survey in the summer of 2017, please contact Carrie at

Our survey trips leave out of Cleveland on the Holiday.  Please know, when you sign up, you are committing to a full day - we usually leave the dock around 9 am and don't return until at least4 pm.  You will need to supply all of your own diving gear, including weights and tanks.  You will also need to bring your own lunch and beverages.  If you sign up for a full weekend, I will provide air fills for you.  If you have questions about the work, please don't hesitate to call Carrie at (419-214-5000 x 201).

Email Carrie to sign up for any dates -  

The Admiral was lost in a storm in December 1942.  There is a lot known about this shipwreck and you can begin looking at the information here.

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 The Wreck of the Brig Sultan: An Archaeological Investigation

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 Holiday moored to Sultan buoy (Photo by Chris Kraska, MAST)

Holiday moored to Sultan buoy (Photo by Chris Kraska, MAST)

What is MAST?

MAST, the Maritime Archaeological Survey Team is a nonprofit avocational group dedicated to the documentation of Ohio's underwater historic resources. Formed in March of 2000, MAST is composed of volunteer individuals who support and participate in research, documentation, underwater archaeological surveys, and educational workshops.


MAST's ongoing commitment to education includes training new members on skills and techniques used for shipwrecks research, measuring, mapping and plotting. In addition, MAST works to educate our community in our historic underwater resources.

Shipwreck Surveys

MAST's shipwreck surveys have resulted in the several technical reports for shipwrecks such as the Adventure, the Hanna, and the F.H.Prince.  Additionally, these shipwrecks have been registered as official archaeological sites with the State of Ohio. MAST has also worked to produce underwater slates for the sites surveyed.

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