Nautical Archaeology Training Workshop and Dinner

Dinner April 13th & Workshop April 13th - 14th, 2019

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Over the course of three days, our Basic Workshop will teach students the basics of surveying a shipwreck. We will cover: Ship Terms, Laws and Ethics, Research, Survey Tools, and Trilateration (the technique we use to measure shipwrecks) as well as much more. The workshop is designed for divers and non-divers. The work is also appropriate for novice divers. At the completion of the class, all students will become members of MAST and invited to take part in field work. The cost of the class is $175 and covers all materials needed, breakfast and lunch in April, as well as the dinner program on April 13. Please note: this is a three day class - a full weekend in April with classroom and dry run practicals. Then one of two days in May for in-water practice (May 18 or 19).

Have you already taken the Basic Training? Take your training a step further and learn how to identify and catalog a cultural site. Topics on advanced techniques include Survey Logistics, Preliminary Documentation, the Great Anchor Project, and other special topics. This class is limited to MAST members who have completed the basic class, 15 students maximum . The cost of the class is $175 and covers all materials needed, breakfast and lunch in April, as well as the dinner program April 13.

If you prefer, you can find a registration form to mail in here:

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Maumee Bay Lodge in Oregon, OH for this event. You can reserve a room for April 12 and 13 by calling (419) 836-1466 x 1 and mentioning you are with the Maritime Archaeological Survey Team. The room rates for this group is $124.

The dinner program on Saturday night is open to the public and you can purchase extra tickets below. It will be the annual meeting of the MAST membership, as well as an excellent presentation by MAST's own Nancy Fisher, Master's Student at the University of Malta, finishing her degree in Underwater Archaeology. She will be presenting on her dissertation project, which stems from work that MAST did on the Admiral

"How useful is citizen science to maritime archaeology in Lake Erie? My study compares the work of a citizen scientist based boat plan to a systematic 3D photogrammetry survey within Lake Erie. My dissertation hopes to support the need for citizen science in Maritime Archaeology, especially in less than favorable conditions. The study focuses on the Admiral, highlighting the importance of 20th-century steel tugboats. I also hope to honor the lives of the men lost aboard the Cleveco and the Admiral"

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MAST in the News

The latest from CLUE on the newest shipwreck in Lake Erie “The Lake Serpent

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

If you would like to participate in the survey in the summer of 2019, please contact Carrie at

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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).

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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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News Alert! our Most recent PUBLICATION

 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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