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Lecture details ghost ships of the Klondike Gold Rush

October 19, 2012

A small team of underwater archaeologists and surveyors are racing against time to document the historic shipwrecks of the Klondike Gold Rush. Loyola University New Orleans will host an illustrated lecture on these “ghost fleets” Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. by Robyn Woodward, Ph.D. The event is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Nunemaker Auditorium on the third floor of Monroe Hall.

The illustrated lecture is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Classical Studies program and the New Orleans Society of the Archaeological Institute of America.

Woodward, an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, will offer a peek into the past of Canada’s northern Yukon Territory. Of the more than 290 vessels that made the trek up the Yukon River, only two intact vessels survive as National Historic sites. Woodward will detail the importance of the shipwrecks and how they were heavily used during the great Klondike and later Alaska Gold Rushes of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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