2022 Cruising

Ponant Cruise Line – Le Dumont d’Urville or Le Bellot

Periodically I am retained by Smithsonian Journeys as an “expert” for one of their charter trips. I can’t speak highly enough of their programs  and participating as an expert is always enjoyable.

September 18 – 24, 2022  Le Dumont d’Urville or Le Bellot, (Toronto – Milwaukee), Smithsonian Journeys. “Voyage Along the Great Lakes:”  Explore all five Great Lakes during this new cruise itinerary! Admire magnificent coastal scenery and discover North America’s passion for innovation and rich maritime history from Milwaukee to Toronto.

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October 19 – 29, 2022 Ocean Voyager, Vantage Travel, Montreal – Boston. “Autumn in New England and Canada.” This fall color trip includes Quebec, Baie Comeau, Gaspe’, Iles de la Madeleine, Charlottetown, Pictou, Halifax, Bar Harbor and Boston.  Ocean Voyager is a “new build” and considered a true “Five Star” cruise ship.

Speaking 2022

July28, 2022 – Gone: The Disappearance of the French Navy minesweepers INKERMANN and CERISOLES on Lake Superior. Lecture at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point, 6:30 pm. The GLSHS is a doing fantastic work telling the story of our shipwrecks.

November 11 – 13, 2022, Gales of November, Duluth, in support of the Lake Superior Marine Museum Association.  My topic is unknown but I will be at this great event supporting a stellar organization.

Past Programs

I have presented programs to many groups and organizations. The following are but a few and in no particular order:

American Queen Voyages

U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association

Twin Cities Civil War Round Table

Old Mariner’s Church, Detroit

Smithsonian Journey (as Smithsonian Expert)

Superiorland Library Cooperative (Upper Peninsula Regional Library Conference)

Sonderegger Symposium, Northern Michigan University

Rochester Public Library, Rochester, Michigan

Bonifas Fine Arts Center, Escanaba, Michigan

Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society – Upper Midwest Scuba and Travel Show (UMSAT)

Lorenzo Cultural Center (Macomb, Michigan)

Blount Small Ship Adventures; various cruise itineraries

Sault District Library

Victory Cruise Lines

Go Next Travel (University Travel)

Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Madison

Marquette Range Engineers

Marquette Lions Club

Northern Center for Life-Long Learning, Northern Michigan University

“Science on Tap” series at the Ore Dock Brewing Company, Marquette

Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society 2015 Edmund Fitzgerald Bell Ringing Ceremony

Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club

Haimark Lines

Smithsonian Journeys

Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel

Michigan Iron Industry Museum

Upper Peninsula Tourism Conference

Niagara Public Library

Rhinelander Public Library, Rhinelander, Wisconsin

Great Lakes Commission

Blount Small Ships Adventures – Magical Lake Michigan

Briggs Public Library Foundation

Lorenzo Cultural Center, Macomb County

Keweenaw County Historical Society

Forsyth County Historical Society

Neptune Dive Club, Green Bay, Wisconsin

St. Clair County Library

Eagan Maritime Institute, Nantucket

Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit

Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc

Friends of Plum and Pilot Island

Great Lakes Maritime Teacher Workshop

Travel Dynamics International

Marine Museum of Sandusky

Michigan Ports City Collaborative

Science Museum of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Ghost Ships Festival, Milwaukee

American Canadian Caribbean Lines

Michigan Ports Collaborative Summit

Chicago Ghost Conference

Sonderegger Symposium, Northern Michigan University

US Coast Guard, Civil Engineer Unit, Ninth District

Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society (Minneapolis)

Door County Maritime Museum

Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum

Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association

Marquette General Hospital Volunteers

Macomb County County Community College Cultural Center

East Tawas Friends of the Library

Seaway Trail, Inc., Sacketts’ Harbor

Alger County Historical Society

Ostego County Library

Sterling Heights Public Library

Bayliss Public Library

Great Lakes Maritime Institute, Detroit

National Maritime Conferences (6th and 7th)

Wisconsin Maritime Museum

Our World Underwater

Underwater Canada, Toronto

Gales of November – Duluth

Gales of November – Marquette

Erie Maritime Museum

Beneath the Sea, New York City

Keeper of the Light Festival

Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival

Ghost Ships Festival

U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association

Michigan Technological University

Manistee Public Library

L’Anse Schools

Midland Historical Society

Marquette County Historical Society

Upper Peninsula Emergency Medical Conference

Michigan Association of Math Teachers Conference

Flushing Historical Society

Shipwrecks, Niagara Ontario Divers

Fremont Public Library

Michigan Technological University

Great Lakes Aquarium

Michigan Lighthouse Conference

Michigan Iron Industry Museum

Brimley Schools

Bruce Township School

Flushing Historical Society

Soo Township School

Dow Memorial Library

American Canadian Caribbean Line

Lake Superior Marine Museum, Duluth

Central Michigan University Roads Scholar programs

Northern Michigan University Elder Hostel programs

Association for Great Lakes Maritime History

Madison Heights Historical Commission

Neptune’s Nimrods SCUBA Diving Club

Au Sable/Oscoda Historical Society

Peter White Public Library

Pentwater Public Library

Upper Peninsula History Conference

Marquette Maritime Museum


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