Ric Mixter has spent most of his life searching out maritime stories, finding key eyewitnesses to landmark events like the “King of Storms” in 1913, the Armistice Day Storm of 1940 and modern disasters like the Cedarvillle, Bradley, Morrell and Edmund Fitzgerald.
In that quest he has dove over 100 wrecks (including the Fitz) and has brought to light details that surprise his fellow researchers, including long-lost footage of storms and an interview with the Coast Guardsman who survived the explosion at the nation’s most remote lighthouse.
Ric’s work is unsurpassed on television, with 30 programs airing on PBS, the Outdoor Channel and footage on the History and Discovery Channels. He’s also shared shipwreck and aviation cover stories in Michigan History Magazine and many others. Ric was past president of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association, a board member of the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History and a board member and long-time friend of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society. This season he was on-board the research vessel David Boyd when the barge Michigan was discovered and he helped film the brand-new discovery of the Adellla Shores.
He’s the author of two books, a private pilot with time in F-16s, B-52s and the Goodyear Blimp. Ric’s podcast is the most listened to Great Lakes maritime show and his Youtube channel has over four million views, but he says his best productions are this three kids.