Erik Petkovic’s Lake Erie Technical Wreck Diving Guide is packed with tales of maritime disasters: sailing ships and steamers which foundered, succumbed to storms, collided or were engulfed in flames. There are ships which sank more than once, were involved in wars, slave escapes and catastrophic collisions, plus daring stories of deep salvage, valuable cargoes, submarines, experimental engineering and unidentified wrecks. The guide brings to life the rediscovered history of the ships, passengers and crews.
Then there are the dives themselves. Some of the wrecks are remarkably intact for their age. Amongst the features which can be seen are wooden ships’ wheels, standing masts, rudders, propellers, portholes, engines, boilers and steamship hogging arches. Each chapter describes the history, current condition, location, dimensions, hazards and highlights of an individual wreck. The author’s original research, contributor photos and archive materials help bring these 19 enticing, challenging, rarely dived wrecks to life.
‘Meticulously researched, nicely composed, beautifully illustrated. I wish I had written this book.’– Gary Gentile
‘Erik researches a story the way a detective examines a crime scene, then tells it in a way that makes you feel as though you were there. This book is the blending of his investigative talents and some of the world’s top wreck diving photographers, about Lake Erie’s most mysterious and beautiful deep-water shipwrecks. This is not just a diver’s guidebook but includes facts that have never been published before as only Erik can uncover, and the tales to go with them, uniquely bringing to life what must have been going through the minds of people onboard when all hope was lost. Any technical diver considering diving on any of these wrecks should first read this one-of-a-kind book!’–Joe Porter, Publisher, Wreck Diving Magazine
Erik A Petkovic is a technical wreck diver and maritime historian specializing in shipwreck research. He has been published in multiple international dive magazines and is the author of Shipwrecks of Lake Erie: Volume One (2018). A highly sought-after speaker, Erik is available for presentations and seminars. He currently works in Washington DC and resides in Southern Maryland with his wife and two sons.