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Kohl and Joan Forsberg have made more than 1,200 presentations
about Great Lakes shipwrecks to a wide variety of audiences ranging from local historical societies, grade school classes,
and boy scout troops to library audiences, yacht clubs, scuba dive clubs, and large, annual shipwreck and scuba shows, across
the Great Lakes in both Canada and the United States.
Thousands of people have delighted in their intense research, strong visuals,
and powerful narrations.
Each presentation, allowing time for an introduction to each topic, the presentation itself, and a question-and-answer
period afterwards, takes about one hour.
Call today to book a presentation by these two well-known Great Lakes Maritime Historians -- USA:
(630) 293-8996, CANADA: (519) 915-9016 (email: SeawolfRex@aol.com)
The main presentations are:
The Wreck of the GRIFFON,
The Greatest Mystery of the Great Lakes
In the year 1679, the first ship to sail across Lake Erie, Lake Huron,
and Lake Michigan disappeared with its entire crew and valuable cargo of furs on the return leg of its maiden voyage between
Green Bay and Niagara. Built by the explorer, La Salle, near Niagara Falls, its loss nearly ruined him. To this day, more
than 335 years later, the wreck of the GRIFFON has not definitively been found. It has become the most hunted -- and the most
"found" -- shipwreck in Great Lakes history! This program relates the fascinating story of the GRIFFON: its background,
construction, voyage, and loss, theories behind its disappearance, stories of the many (22!) claims of discovery made to date
(none yet proven), the exciting possibility of recent discoveries, and where that wreck, if it has not been found yet, is
Based on Cris Kohl and Joan Forsberg's
book of the same title.
Tales of the Great Lakes
These are the most unusual and dramatic, yet TRUE, stories of Great Lakes shipwrecks that we have
ever researched, gripping tales tinged with murder, mystery, deception, and more than the usual amount of mayhem, plus exceptional
underwater photography! Tales include the story of the fabled GRIFFON, lost with all hands on her maiden voyage in 1679, and
some of the many attempts to locate this shipwrecks; the captain who murdered his crew and sank his ship (the EXPLORER); the
captain who kept his shipwreck survival a secret (the GEORGE A. MARSH); the shipwreck which helped build Chicago (the REUTAN);
the world-infamous Australian Convict Ship sunk in the Great Lakes (the SUCCESS); plus more!
This presentation is based on the bestselling
book of the same title.
Shipwreck Tales of Chicago
Chicago, the largest city on the Great Lakes, owes its existence to ships and
sailors. The city's massive maritime history includes several hundred shipwrecks in the area, such as the DAVID DOWS (the
largest sailing vessel ever built on the Great Lakes), Chicago's famous, tragic Christmas Tree Ship, the ROUSE SIMMONS,
lost in 1912, a German World War One U-boat, the UC-97, sunk in deep water off Chicago, the speakeasy ship named the ROTARIAN
(scuttled off Chicago in 1931 during Prohibition), the Great Lakes' two worst maritime disasters (the 1860 LADY ELGIN
and the 1915 EASTLAND), and three ships purposely sunk off Chicago in recent years to create new scuba dive sites (the Holly
Barge, THE STRAITS OF MACKINAC, and the BUCCANEER), plus others!
The Great Storm of 1913
The worst storm
in Great Lakes history occurred on November 8-10, 1913. Severe and wide-ranging, this fury destroyed 12 ships with all lives
lost, in four of the five Great Lakes -- with Lake Huron being the worst hit -- and did serious damage to many more vessels.
Learn about these ships and hear unusual tales about sailors who struggled with this epic upheaval, including the case of
a body wearing the lifejacket of another ship, and the man who attended his own funeral. Find out about the modern discoveries
of many of these tragic shipwrecks, including the most recent one, found in May, 2013, deep in Lake Superior, and take underwater
looks at several of these ships -- all victims of that same 1913 Storm!
Point Pelee Shipwrecks
Lake Erie's most treacherous hazard
to navigation is Point Pelee, where hundreds of ships have been lost. In this exciting program, find out about the early,
tragic wrecks of the paddlewheelers KENT and NORTHERN INDIANA; the excellently preserved schooner named the WILLIS, sunk in
an 1872 collision; the ship named the LITTLE WISSAHICKON, wrecked in 1896 with three lives lost; daring rescues and heartbreaking
failures, such as the steamers GEORGE STONE, the CLARION, and the N. J. NESSEN; details of the CONEMAUGH, the closest shipwreck
to the actual point of land; the controversial 1980's anchor theft from the 1905 wreck of the schooner-barge, TASMANIA,
The War of 1812 on the Great Lakes
The War of 1812, the last time
that the USA and Canada battled one another, marked its bicentennial in 2012-2014. This program focuses on the exciting maritime
history of that war. Find out about the ships used on the Great Lakes during the War of 1812 -- and the ships that became
shipwrecks in several different ways during, and immediately after, that conflict! Learn about the wrecks of the HAMILTON
and the SCOURGE lying in deep waters of Lake Ontario, the NANCY, which today is a shipwreck museum on Lake Huron, wrecks at
Kingston, Sacket's Harbor, and elsewhere. Learn about battles along the Great Lakes, such as the massacre at Fort Dearborn
(present-day Chicago). Plus MUCH MORE!
Great Lakes Shipwrecks
The huge, Canadian province of Ontario has, politically, the lion's share of the fresh waters of the Great Lakes
that hold the greatest variety of the best-preserved shipwrecks in the world! Take an in-depth look at several of these wrecks,
beginning with each one's dramatic history, as we move westward across the province. Stories include the CONESTOGA, a
steamer that burned in the St. Lawrence River in 1922; shipwrecks off Lake Erie's Point Pelee; the Georgian Bay wreck
of he WAUBUNO, lost with all hands in 1879; and the 1909 steamer, COLUMBUS, in Lake Superior's remote Gargantua Harbour.
Several shipwrecks off Kingston on Lake Ontario and in the popular underwater park at Tobermory on Lake Huron are included.
The Great Lakes Connections
In April, 1912, on the maiden
voyage of TITANIC, the world's largest and most luxurious
passenger ship, 345 of the 1,343 passengers were bound for the Great Lakes region. Some were returning to their homes; others
hoped to settle in a new land. Some survived the world's most famous sinking; others never reached their goals. This presentation
tells many of their stories, plus tales of TITANIC's
Great Lakes counterpart ship, artists with strong TITANIC-Great
Lakes connections, the Great Lakes writer who predicted TITANIC's
loss 14 years earlier, and consequences to Great Lakes shipping because of TITANIC's sinking -- such as the dreadful loss of over 800 lives in the Chicago River when the excursion steamer named
the EASTLAND capsized on July 24, 1915. Find out all the
This presentation is based upon Cris Kohl's book of the same title.
Shipwrecks at Death's
and "death" go hand-in-hand, even more dramatically so when they occurred at a place called Death's Door, the
most treacherous passageway between Lake Michigan and Green Bay. Dive to the historic wrecks of the schooner E. R. WILLIAMS
and FLEETWING, and to the notorious Pilot Island shipwrecks. Thrill to exciting underwater explorations of the steamer, FRANK
O'CONNOR, and the 1869 wreck of the scow-schooner, OCEAN WAVE, and enjoy tales of lost shipwrecks awaiting discovery.
Learn about many of the area's lighthouses, as well as the legend of the Poverty Island treasure, and much more!
This presentation is based
upon the book of the same title written by Cris Kohl and Joan Forsberg.
Tales of Great Lakes Shipwreck Pairs
There are times when TWO shipwrecks make for
ONE fascinating story, even though they sank years or miles apart. The steamer, MYRON, and her faithful towbarge, the MIZTEC,
sank in the same place in Lake Superior -- two years apart! The two halves of the steel freighter, MANOLA, lie in separate
lakes hundreds of miles from one another! The freighters, REGINA and CHARLES S. PRICE, sank with all hands miles apart from
each other in a 1913 Lake Huron storm, yet PRICE bodies were found wearing REGINA lifejackets! Hear these exciting stories
and see these shipwreck sites as they appear today!
This presentation is based on Cris Kohl's two-volume set of books
titled The 100 Best Great Lakes Shipwrecks.
The Shipwrecked Whalebacks
presentation relates the dramatic, often tragic, tales of those whalebacks which became shipwrecks in various parts of the
world, focusing upon the eight which lie wrecked in the Great Lakes. The whaleback, a unique Great Lakes design of bulk cargo
ship, resembling a pig-nosed semi-submarine, or a long, curved, steel whale, was designed in the 1880's at Duluth, on
the shores of Lake Superior. A total of 43 pure whalebacks were constructed over a ten-year period, some of which remained
in Great Lakes service, but many of which became workhorses in saltwater locations. Aging whalebacks were scrapped (with the
glowing exception of the one which remains as a museum ship), but several were lost at sea. Enjoy the tales of these unusual
Great Lakes Shipwrecks
of the World Wars
Although the Great Lakes, in the heart of North America, did not see any direct military engagements with our enemies
during the two World Wars, the freshwater seas made enormous contributions to help win those wars. There were also several
war-related shipwrecks in the Great Lakes during those years. How did a ship taken for use in World War One become a shipwreck
in two of the Great Lakes? How was an iron ore carrier lost with all hands in the Black Friday Storm of 1916? How did a World
War One German U-boat end up on the bottom of Lake Michigan off Chicago? How could two ships carrying war supplies sink on
the same night in 1944 at opposite ends of Lake Erie? These questions, plus many more, are answered in this dramatic presentation
about a surprisingly overlooked topic.
Deep Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes
The cold fresh waters of
the Great Lakes hold the best preserved shipwrecks in the world, but the ones in the most pristine condition often lie in
deeper water. This in-depth look at some of these deep shipwrecks includes Lake Erie's OXFORD, an early vessel lost in
an 1856 collision, lying in 164 feet of water. Lake Michigan's tragic Christmas Tree Ship, the schooner, ROUSE SIMMONS,
sank with all hands in deep water in 1912. Lake Superior's Whitefish Point offers several deep shipwrecks, including the
wooden steamers SAMUEL MATHER, JOHN M. OSBORNE and the VIENNA. In Lake Huron divers will find the two halves of the steel
freighter, the DANIEL J. MORRELL, tragically lost in 1966 with only one survivor, plus the amazing CORNELIA B. WINDIATE, a
stunningly preserved schooner lost with all hands in 1875. Plus MORE!
today to book a presentation by these two well-known Maritime Historians:
Telephone: USA: (630) 293-8996
CANADA: (519) 915-9016