The Peachman Lake Erie Shipwreck Research Center (PLESRC) is the premier location for Lake Erie shipwreck information. The center has documentation on over 2200 wrecks in Lake Erie, Detroit River, Lake St. Clair, and St. Clair River. There is a constant recovery of new information. PLESRC is also actively involved with the gathering of information from the actual shipwrecks. Since it opened in 2000, PLESRC has been a lead member on the survey of 5 shipwrecks in the Ohio waters of Lake Erie.
(PLESRC) is located on the grounds of The Great Lakes Historical Society, in the annex building behind the Inland Seas Maritime Museum. It is a user-friendly facility where researchers, students, and individuals with an avocational interest in shipwrecks and other maritime topics can use the resources within PLESRC for research purposes. Included within the Research Center is the leading-edge technology of an ArcView GIS system. Simply put, ArcView takes latitude and longitude positions and displays the ship location. It is the first time this process has been used to chart ship locations in Lake Erie. Linking with the traditional materials in PLESRC is the Clarence S. Metcalf Great Lakes Maritime Research Library.
The Center also serves as a focal point of organizing maritime archaeology workshops, documenting Lake Erie shipwrecks, and disseminating shipwreck information to the general public and specific user groups. In addition, the PLESRC serves as the headquarters for MAST, the Maritime Archaeological Survey Team, Inc., which is an avocational group dedicated to the documentation of Ohio's underwater historic resources.
Since its start, the PLESRC has added to its immense collection of Lake Erie shipwreck information. Features include individual folders for over 2200 wrecks in Lake Erie, Detroit River, Lake St. Clair, and the St. Clair River containing government documents, newspaper clippings, photographs, personal accounts, maps, and secondary sources, a library of over 300 publications relative to Lake Erie shipwrecks; and side-scan sonar images of shipwrecks in Lake Erie.
Great Lakes Historical Society (GLHS) Vermilion, Ohio
GLHS, Peachman Lake Erie Shipwreck Research Center