Maritime history topic at seminar

War of 1812 and Revolutionary War shipwrecks, rum runners, a National Weather Service forensic meteorologist,and the new Great Lakeswide boaters forecast are all on the Oct. 5 Great Lakes Seaway Trail Blue Byway Seminar agenda at the State University College at Oswego.

Presenters at the 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. program co-sponsored by the Great Lakes Seaway Trail and New York Sea Grant include:

Christopher Nicholson, who designed, built and piloted the remotely-piloted vehicle for the National Geographic Society film of the schooners Hamilton and Scourge that sank in Lake Ontario during the War of 1812.

Nicholson, president of Deep Sea Systems International, Cataumet, Mass., has provided technical assistance and engineering services for the exploration of the World War II battleship Arizona, the H.M.S. Breadalbane and famed freighter Edmund Fitzgerald.

National Weather Service forecaster and forensic meteorologist Robert Hamilton speaking on historic weather conditions on Lake Ontario that influenced the wreck of the 22-gun British warship H.M.S. Ontario during the Revolutionary War.

New York Sea Grant Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist Dave White will provide an update on the Great Lakes Observing System Boaters Forecasting tool that is available throughout the Great Lakes region.

A guest describing Two Tank Tips for great diving destinations on the Great Lakes Seaway Trail

A speaker on Prohibition-era rum running.

For more information, call 646-1000, ext. 203.

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