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Fathoms Deep But Not Forgotten
Monday, January 23, 2017
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Fathoms Deep But Not Forgotten - Wisconsin's Lost Ships

Volume 1: Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee & Port Washington

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A Complete Guide to the Ships & Shipwrecks of Southeast Wisconsin


Size: 8.5 x 11 inches
Length: 285 pages
Binding: Softcover
Price: $24.95 (retail)

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Fathoms Deep But Not Forgotten: Wisconsin's Lost Ships is the first comprehensive directory of southeast Wisconsin ships and shipwrecks ever created. The result of 20 years of painstaking original research, Fathoms Deep includes build, career and final disposition details for over 1000 ships with connections to Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee and Port Washington, Wisconsin. Fathoms Deep is lavishly illustrated with over 300 historic images, including antique harbor charts, marine advertisements & archival vessel photos, and includes a detailed history of each port. It also includes information on both discovered and undiscovered shipwrecks of the area, including many sidescan sonar images of shipwrecks. Fathoms Deep also includes a history of area shipbuilding, including every registered vessel ever built in the area. This book will be a must-have for anyone with an interest in the community and maritime history of Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee or Port Washington, as well as scuba divers, shipwreck hunters and ship buffs. Fathoms Deep is published by the Wisconsin Underwater Archeology Association, a non-profit group.


Purchase: Fathoms Deep retails for $24.95 plus $7.00 shipping and handling. All proceeds benefit the Wisconsin Underwater Archeology Association, a non-profit group.

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Reviews: "Fathoms Deep is by far the most comprehensive study of Wisconsin shipwrecks ever attempted. Brendon Baillod has devoted the last 20 years to collecting information about every vessel ever wrecked or built in Wisconsin and the result is a book that provides much more than a simple wreck listing. Without a doubt this reference work would have saved me thousands of dollars and perhaps years of extra searching if I had it 35 years ago! Baillod includes information about the ships that remain undiscovered and tells us how to find them. He gives a detailed maritime history of each port city and explores the reasons behind the large number of shipwrecks. The books is richly illustrated with hundreds of ship pictures and original charts dating back to the 1830s. It will be the standard reference book on the maritime history of southeastern Wisconsin for generations to come."

Jerry Guyer, Pirates Cove Dive Shop/LenDer Dive Charters/PC Search and Salvage, Milwaukee, WI

"Fathoms Deep But Not Forgotten: Wisconsin Lost Ships by Brendon Baillod is a most remarkable text. Volume I covers the area from Kenosha to Port Washington. Baillod is well known as a fastidious and energetic researcher of Great Lakes maritime disasters producing a number of stellar databases and treatises of tremendous value to the overall field. I consider his work on the Griffon to be groundbreaking and certainly the most important accomplished in the last hundred years. Fathoms Deep not only looks at the ships in question, it also places them in context relative to the geographic area, business and industry, communities and overall technological development. Said differently it assesses their role in the maritime history of the Great Lakes. I enthusiastically look forward to the remainder of the series!"

Frederick Stonehouse, Historian & Author, Marquette, MI

"Baillod has created a wonderful resource with Fathoms Deep. It offers a complete overview of Wisconsin's rich maritime history, with a summary of each port's past, focusing in particular on its' shipbuilding and all of the losses along its shores. He has documented both the known and the yet-undiscovered wrecksites, providing his readers with thorough descriptions in either case, and illustrating many with historic photos never before seen in print. Besides having developed an informative profile of each vessel constructed or lost in Wisconsin, Baillod provides guidelines for researching maritime history and for investigating shipwrecks. Fathoms Deep will find enthusiastic audiences among divers, historians, and ship-buffs."

C. Patrick Labadie, Historian, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Alpena, MI

About the Author

Brendon Baillod has been collecting information about Great Lakes shipwrecks for over 20 years. He was born in 1967 in Madison, Wisconsin, the descendent of many generations of Wisconsinites. Brendon grew up in upper Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula where his father taught Environmental Engineering at Michigan Technological University. He attended Calumet High School and Michigan Technological University before moving to Milwaukee. As a young man, Brendon became aware of many shipwrecks in the Keweenaw and developed an interest in scuba diving and maritime history. An early supporter of the Keweenaw Underwater Preserve, Brendon began looking for shipwrecks in the area, identifying several shipwrecks in the Keweenaw Waterway. After moving to Milwaukee, Brendon became active in the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society and assisted in the transcription of the Herman Runge Index Card File and the creation of the WMHS Vessel Enrollment Database. While in Milwaukee, Brendon attended UW-Milwaukee, receiving Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and in Management Information Systems. Throughout the 90s, Brendon collected information on the shipwrecks of Lake Michigan, eventually building a comprehensive database of western Great Lakes shipwrecks. In 1999, Brendon cofounded the Great Lakes Shipwreck Research Foundation and the Ghost Ships Festival, now in its 11th year.

Brendon began collecting archival Great Lakes books, maps and ephemera in the early 1990s, eventually amassing a personal collection of several thousand volumes, including full runs of the Annual List of US Merchant Vessels and most 19th century Great Lakes marine directories. He is now a recognized authority on Great Lakes marine antiquities. Brendon has worked with several collections and institutions around the Lakes to digitize many valuable archival research resources and has placed several important maritime history databases online, including the Dr. Charles E. Feltner Great Lakes Vessel Enrollment Database, the WMHS Vessel Enrollment Database, the David Swayze Great Lakes Shipwreck Database and his own database of over 40,000 19th century Great Lakes vessel accidents. Since 1995, Brendon has hosted the Great Lakes Shipwreck Research internet research portal and has been an active participant in state and regional efforts to study and preserve historic wrecks. In 2003, Brendon was elected a Director-At-Large of the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History, an umbrella organization composed of over 100 Great Lakes maritime museums, historical societies and institutions.

In 2008, Brendon was elected President of the Wisconsin Underwater Archeology Association and continues to regularly conduct and publish original research. He has written over 50 articles and papers on various Great Lakes maritime history topics and is the author of the books Ghosts of the Ozaukee Coast and Ghosts of the Oceana Coast, both dealing with Lake Michigan shipwrecks. Brendon's work has been published in numerous regional journals, magazines and newsletters, and he is frequently interviewed in local and regional media concerning Great Lakes shipwrecks. Brendon has consulted on regional and national documentaries about the Great Lakes and has been featured on the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, the Science Channel and Public Television discussing Great Lakes shipwrecks. Brendon was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum and continues research, search for, and write about historic Great Lakes shipwrecks. He is married to the former Melissa Niemi of Calumet, Michigan. The Baillod family lives in Marshall, Wisconsin with their son Justin. Brendon works professionally as a senior software engineer for a large financial services corporation where he specializes in the design and development of enterprise business software systems using distributed technologies.

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