The bow of the abandoned Adriatic is shown here in the scale-drawing of the wreck. The 30 East Carolina University students who mapped out and drew the shipwreck were pleasantly surprised to find it well-preserved, thanks to its freshwater home in Sturgeon Bay.
It was like meeting someone for a blind date. That's how East Carolina University graduate student Caitlin Zant describes her first encounter with the wreck of the schooner Adriatic in Sturgeon Bay.
Zant, 23, is centering her thesis on the 202-foot wooden vessel that rests only a few feet offshore in front of the Bay Shipbuilding Company. She and her classmates presented a scale drawing of their findings Thursday at the Door County Maritime Museum.
East Carolina University graduate student Caitlin Zant (left) and Whitefish Dunes State Park naturalist Carolyn Rock (right) have been working together over the past two weeks during the students' dive on the Adriatic. Zant, who spent a lot of time on the Great Lakes as a child, is writing her graduate thesis on the Adriatic.
That scale drawing will be traced in ink once the students return to Greenville, North Carolina and Zant says from there they can produce diving keys.
As far as the wreck goes, the students are working in conjunction with the Wisconsin Historical Society to get the information they have collected over the past two weeks to the National Register of Historic Places so that the wreck can be protected as a cultural heritage site.
During Thursday's presentation, about 70 community members had the opportunity to chat with the student divers about their experiences below the surface and ask questions about their scale drawing of the shipwreck Adriatic.