Shipwreck divers, underwater photographers and maritime historians Joan Forsberg and Cris Kohl with their new book Shipwreck Tales of Georgian Bay on Monday, August 12, 2019 in Owen Sound, Ont. The couple will give a free multi-media presentation at the Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library on Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m. Rob Gowan/The Owen Sound Sun Times/Postmedia Network
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A couple involved in the discovery of two historic shipwrecks in the waters of Georgian Bay off the Bruce Peninsula last year will be speaking in Owen Sound on Wednesday evening.Shipwreck divers, underwater photographers and maritime historians Cris Kohl and Joan Forsberg will be at the Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library where they will put on a free multi-media presentation as part of the 2019 tour for their new book, Shipwreck Tales of Georgian Bay.The book includes the stories about 12 fabled shipwrecks, including those of the J.H Jones and the Manasoo, which were both located last year by a team of shipwreck hunters that included Kohl. Other shipwrecks highlighted include the Jane Miller, found in 2017, as well as the Griffon, Nancy, Mary Ward, Waubuno, Manitoulin/Atlantic, Asia, Arabia, Sweepstakes, and Mapledawn.The talk will include shipwreck stories, along with previously unseen photos and video of the J.H. Jones and Manasoo.The team, which included Kohl of Windsor, and Ken Merryman and Jerry Eliason, both of Minnesota, located the wreck of the Manasoo half a mile from Griffith Island, northwest of Wiarton, on June 30.The ship sank near the island on Sept. 15, 1928, killing 16 of 21 onboard as well as a cargo of more than 100 head of cattle.The bow area and wheelhouse of the ship were intact, while a 1927 Chevrolet Coupe was also found intact aboard the sunken steamship. No human remains were found.A day after finding the Manasoo wreck, the trio also found the wreck of the J.H. Jones of off Cape Croker.The coatal steamer went down in a storm near Lion’s Head on Nov. 22, 1906, and everyone on the ship perished, including 13 crew and between 13 and 17 passengers.The ship was largely intact, and again no bodies were found.The discovery was extra special for the team, as Robert Crawford, the great-grandson of the ship’s captain J.V. Crawford, was with them when the shipwreck was found.Wednesday’s talk by Kohl and Forsberg begins at 7 p.m. at the library. Everyone is invited to attend.