History presentation on the Wreck of Mesquite

MARQUETTE — A live online presentation on the wreck of the USCGC Mesquite will air starting at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, March 10. The event is sponsored by the Marquette Regional History Center.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mesquite ran aground in late 1989 off the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula. The Coast Guard sought to remove Mesquite’s remains, ravaged by storms and ice, the following year.

However, local divers had a different idea to preserve this artifact of Great Lakes marine history. “Superior Destiny” chronicles the Mesquite’s life as she moved from active duty to becoming the Keweenaw Underwater Preserve centerpiece.

Watch this 40-minute film about this storied ship, and then hear from Eric Smith and Dan Fountain, who worked to place the wreck in its permanent underwater home.

These divers and keepers of history will provide their perspective on making this film, including additional slides. Participants can enjoy a look at this Superior wreck through the presenters’ accumulated years of diving experience.

This live online presentation will include time for questions with the presenters. It costs $5 to join this program, which supports the History Center.

To register for the online program, go to the events page at marquettehistory.org/things-to-do.


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