in the Great Lakes and began diving in 1962. Shipwrecks became a major
fascination and the challenge to dive wrecks that had not been
located became his main diving interest. In the late 1960's , he left
Great Lakes to pursue a career in the field of commercial diving.
This work took him off the coast of Newfoundland providing diving
on oil drilling rigs, to the Gulf of Mexico providing diving support to
the offshore oil industry, and salvage operations in the Great Lakes.
In 1975, he returned to the Great Lakes and formed a company,
Innerseas Inc., whose purpose was to locate and salvage shipwrecks and
cargoes in the Great Lakes. The first ship selected was a ghost
the Dean Richmond. The Dean was a steamer that disappeared on the
of Lake Erie in October of 1893, carrying a cargo of lead and zinc
On July 13, 1983, the Dean Richmond was found, solving a 90 year old
For the past 24 years, Garry has been employed by Klein
Associates of Salem, N.H., the technology leader in Side Scan
Sonar systems. He is a recognized expert in undersea search
and travels the world providing consulting and training expertise to
and companies who have a critical underwater search need. His
has taken him to the Canadian Arctic with Dr. Joe MacInnis to locate
H.M.S. Breadalbane, off the coast of England with author Clive Cussler
in search of John Paul Jones' vessel, the Bon Homme Richard, and
on countless other treasure and historic shipwreck searches.
The Discovery of the HMS Breadalbane,
Lost In The Arctic 1853
Sir John Franklin in 1845, sailed for the Canadian Arctic in search
of the Northwest Passage. Franklin and his two ships the Erebus
Terror disappeared, and the longest search ever in naval history,
14 years, began. The HMS Breadalbane, a three masted barque, was one of
the support ships participating in the search for the Franklin
August 21, 1853, the Breadalbane was trapped in a death grip
by ice, crushing and sinking her. The Breadalbane laid undisturbed in
frigid Arctic grave for 126 years. In 1976 the search for the
place of the Breadalbane began under the direction of Dr. Joe
and Emory Kristof of National Geographic Magazine. This
chronicles the search, disappointments and finally, the discovery of
world's most northern shipwreck.
Sikorsky's Amphibian S-39, An Alaskan Challenge
Igor Sikorsky is best known for his development of the
Sikorsky however, was a very accomplished fixed wing aircraft
long before his name became synonymous with helicopters. Sikorsky
and built some of aviation's great "Flying Boats" such as the
used by Pan Am for its transoceanic record setting "Clipper"
Sikorsky was a visionary, and in 1930 designed a smaller amphibian
called the S-39 . This was to be a small single engine plane for
the individual business executive. It was the "Lear Jet" of the
Sikorsky's vision however was ahead of it's time, so only 23 of these
were ever built and sold. With the passing years, all were destroyed
for 2. One, is a non flying rebuild, located in the Hartford CT
museum. The second was lost in a remote lake in Alaska.
presentation describes the search, discovery, and attempts to date at
this rare piece of aviation history. This project is still a work in
A new attempt to recover the aircraft will be launched during March,
It will be staged on the winter ice and will be a major challenge due
it's remote location. If successful, the plane will be restored
flying condition to once again grace the skies.
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