One of the best-known shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, the Sandusky was built in 1848 and disappeared in the Straits of Mackinac during a gale on September 1856. Not until 1981 when Dr. Charles Feltner and crew discovered her. They unveiled a fully intact brig complete with dead eyes, blocks and all of the artifacts from a ship of that era. However, they were astonished to find a well-preserved figurehead nested between steel chains draped out to a fully intact bowsprit. This awesome sight has attracted divers to the Straits of Mackinac from all over the country.
Tragically, in an attempt to steal the figurehead vandals destroyed it in the summer of 1988. However, two divers decided to make a difference. One of them, Tony Gramer, was a member of the original discovery team and the other, Franz Estereicher, had never had an opportunity to dive the Sandusky before the figurehead was destroyed. Together, they obtained the necessary permits from the State and set out to create and install an accurate replica of the figurehead.
This compelling presentation begins with a tour of the shipwreck and shows the figurehead in her glory before she was destroyed. The audience experiences the tragedy, as the program seems to come to a close with a portrait of the bow, figurehead conspicuously absent. However, the plot begins anew with the two diving friends planning, building, and installing a chillingly accurate recreation of the figurehead. This story concludes leaving the audience felling uplifted and with renewed spirit.
The presentation is 23 minutes in length, and is a two-projector dissolve slide show with synchronized music and live narration.