Featured Author
Richard Rensberry

Richard Rensberry was born and raised on a farm outside of Alpena, Michigan.  He began his writing career at the age of twelve when he “self-published” his first book of poems to show to neighbors and friends.  Before the advent of the Internet, Richard was a long-time contributor to Midwest Poetry Review and other small press magazines throughout the United States.  He currently resides in Fairview, Michigan with his author/illustrator spouse, Mary Rensberry.

Richard is the author of more than 15 children’s books and several other books including City Slicker’s Guide to the Amish Country.  His recent children’s books:  If I were a Lighthouse and Big Ships are now available on Amazon.  His wife Mary illustrated the lighthouse book and Richard illustrated the ship book.  Both books are a part of the QuickTurtle Books® Presents Series: A Rhyme for Young Readers.  Richard's books can be found at the link below.

Patricia Majher

Patricia Majher is a former editor of Michigan History magazine. Prior to that, she served as assistant director of the Michigan Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame in Lansing and held a variety of positions at the Friend-Hack House Museum, Mackinac State Historic Parks, and The Henry Ford. In addition, she has has been a frequent contributor to Michigan newspapers and magazines.

"Ladies of the Lights: Michigan Women in the U.S. Lighthouse Service" was Patricia's first book and is based on a traveling exhibit she developed for the women's hall of fame. It highlights the contributions of the 50+ women who served as primary or assistant keepers in Michigan. In addition to "Ladies of the Lights" (published by University of Michigan Press), Patricia has authored "Great Girls in Michigan History," which contains 20 mini biographies of Michigan females who did something amazing before they turned 20. Published by Wayne State University Press, "Great Girls" earned Patricia a 2015 Michigan Notable Book Award. She has written a companion book, "Bold Boys in Michigan History," which is due to be published by WSU Press in 2018.


Bruce Lynn

Bruce Lynn, Executive Director of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society and award winning Great Lakes Maritime author/historian/photographer Chris Winters, have teamed up to create the definitive visual history of the SS
Edmund Fitzgerald.  Drawing from rare archival material and exclusive underwater images of the wreck-site, "The Legend Lives On"is a richly illustrated 278 page meditation on the remarkable life, and tragic loss of a ship that has woven itself inextricably into the fabric and the folklore of North America's Inland Seas.


Roger LeLievre

Roger LeLievre came by his interest in Great Lakes ships naturally – he grew up just blocks from the Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and spent his summers watching the boats go by from his grandparents' cottage on the St. Marys River.

He shipped out as a crewman on a Great Lakes freighter as soon as he turned 18, but rather than making a career working on the boats he wound up writing about them instead. Retired after 40 years in the newspaper business, mostly in Ann Arbor, Mich., he is now editor and publisher of the annual Great Lakes shipping field guide "Know Your Ships," which is approaching 60 years of covering the waterfront.

An avid ship photographer and historian, LeLievre has been president of the Marine Historical Society of Detroit since 2004, and received that group’s Historian of the Year Award in 2006 for his work on “Know Your Ships.” He is also involved with the website Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping On-line Inc. (, and is an associate member of the International Shipmasters' Association (Port Huron lodge).

His writing about the Great Lakes and the vessels that ply them has also been published in Michigan History, Seaway Review and Inland Seas magazines.


Author - Photographer

Centennial: Steaming through the American Century
Photographs of the S.S. St. Marys Challenger by Christopher Winters

Freshwater photojournalist Chris Winters spent five years creating a vivid record of life aboard the venerable Great Lakes steamboat S.S. St. Marys Challenger as she approached the centennial anniversary of her maiden voyage in 2006. Believed to be the oldest operational bulk carrier in the world, the Challenger began her remarkable fresh water career on the Great Lakes on April 28, 1906—six years before the launch of the R.M.S. Titanic.

Granted unprecedented access to the vessel by her owners, Winters set off on a personal quest of sorts, focusing revolutionary digital cameras on this revolutionary machine from another century. On April 28, 2006, the centennial anniversary of her maiden voyage from the Great Lakes Engineering Works, the ­Challenger became the first vessel on the Great Lakes—and quite possibly in the history of seafaring—to eclipse 100 years while still in commercial service.

Centennial: Steaming Through the American Century is a painstakingly researched, masterfully designed, 240-page hardcover book that contains over 300 contemporary and archival images from the boat’s hardworking 100-year history. Awarded the prestigious C. Bradford Mitchell Award in 2010 by the Steamship Historical Society of America copies are $50.00 plus $10.00 S&H, and can be ordered by logging on below or by calling Winter Studio at (414) 688-9782.   

Maritime Historian, Writer, Lecturer, Teacher

Frederick Stonehouse
  has authored over thirty books on maritime history, many of them focusing on the Great Lakes and contributed to several others. The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald and Great Lakes Lighthouse Tales are regional best sellers. Wreck Ashore, the U.S. Life-Saving Service on the Great Lakes, won a national publishing award and is the predominant work on the subject. Another book, Haunted Lakes, Great Lakes Maritime Ghost Stories, Superstitions and Sea Serpents, has opened an entirely new genre in Great Lakes study. His book, Final Voyage, is the first Great Lakes shipwreck book for children. 


The author and pilot/photographer, John L. Wagner, resides in East Lansing and is a graduate of Western Michigan University and its flight training program. Wagner owns the 180 horsepower Cessna 172 from which the photographs were taken. In addition to the book, an exhibit of large photographic prints of all 100+ lighthouses tours the state.


Local author, Dennis Hale, shares his near-death experience and the emotional details found in his latest book “Shipwrecked: Reflections of a Sole Survivor”. Mr. Hale is the sole survivor of the 1966 Daniel J. Morrell shipwreck in the icy waters of Lake Huron. This is Hale’s second book published on the 38-hour horrific event that changed his life.


Wayne Sapulski is a Great Lakes lighthouse historian, author, and photographer.  There are over 360 lighthouses on the Great Lakes, the highest concentration of these landmarks in North America.  Wayne’s claim to fame, if he may claim one at all, is that he has physically visited every one of them, both U.S. and Canadian.

Wayne is a graduate of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City, MI and served as a licensed deck officer aboard several of the large freighters that ply the lakes.  Still licensed but no longer sailing, he remains active in a number of maritime historical societies and lighthouse preservation groups, especially the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association (GLLKA). He is a regular contributor to their quarterly publication, The Beacon.  Wayne’s articles and photographs have appeared in a number of other regional publications as well.

Wayne is the author of the book Lighthouses of Lake Michigan Past and Present (10,000 copies) and coauthor and sole photographer of the popular guide book Great Lakes Lighthouses, American and Canadian (over 36,000 copies sold to date).

In addition, he is a frequent public speaker on the topic of lighthouse preservation and restoration on the Great Lakes.


Ric’s underwater adventures are known to millions who watch his documentaries and news stories on television. No one can boast more promotion for Great Lakes diving, as Ric has donated some 30 shows to PBS and has also found world-wide audiences on the Vision Network and Outdoor Channel. Ric has also been featured as an on-camera researcher for the Discovery Channel and History Channel, and is also an award-winning news reporter, working for stations all across Michigan. He created Airworthy Productions in 2000 and continues to produce industrial and fundraiser videos fulltime as a videographer.


Have you ever dreamed of visiting every Lighthouse and Life-Saving station on the Great Lakes?

A Biography of the Reverend William H. Law.
“Sky Pilot” was sailors’ slang for a chaplain. To the men and women he served, Reverend Law was lovingly known as “The Sky Pilot of the Great Lakes.” A tale of unconquerable optimism, the story of W. H. Law’s life is as much the account of the brave men and women of the Lighthouse Service and Life-Saving Service as it is the saga of a long and rewarding life in the service of others.

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