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Frederick Stonehouse

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Frederick Stonehouse is the author of over thirty books on maritime history including The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald and Great Lakes Lighthouse Tales, both regional best sellers. He has been a consultant for both the U.S. National Park Service and Parks Canada and has been an "on-air" expert for National Geographic, History Channel and Fox Family, as well as many regional media productions. He is the recipient of the 2006 Association for Great Lakes Maritime History Award for Historic Interpretation presented annually in recognition of an individual making a major contribution over many years to Great Lakes maritime history. Fred was named the Marine Historical Society of Detroit’s “2007 Historian of the Year” and in 2016 he was named a Paul Harris Fellow, one of the most prestigious awards in Rotary, for services above and beyond to the local and international community. In 2017 the Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society presented Fred with the C. Patrick Labadie Special Acknowledgement Award. This recognition is “given annually to the individual or organization that has made exceptional contributions to upper Midwest preservation, history or dive community.”

Fred teaches Great Lakes maritime history at Northern Michigan University and is an active consultant for numerous maritime oriented projects and programs. He is President of the Board of the Marquette Maritime Museum, past President of the National Board of Directors of the U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association, past Vice Chair of the Michigan Port Collaborative and a former member of the Michigan Iron Industry Museum Advisory Board (Gubernatorial appointment).  Fred makes his home in Marquette, Michigan. For more information:

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Great Lakes Grand Voyage

8 days | Starting at: $5,995
Sep 30, 2021 - Oct 7, 2021

From Milwaukee to Toronto
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