Nautical Archaeology Training Workshop and Dinner

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.

There are two levels of training: Basic and Advanced.

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 Advanced class is for people who have already completed the Basic training and cannot be taken at the same time.  The Advanced class will build upon what was learned in the Basic workshop and shape the students to begin to work, research, and study their own project.

The workshop is designed for divers and non-divers.  The work is also appropriate for novice or new divers.  The cost of the class covers all materials needed, breakfast and lunch. 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.

In conjunction with the training, MAST will host their annual meeting and dinner program.  This is open to everyone

Course and Banquet dates will be April 28 and 29, 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).

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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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 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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