Maritime Books & DVDs
Browse our collection of historical shipwrecks and maritime books and DVD’s.

  • Kantar uses photos and text to tell the true and tragic story of the disappearance of the Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975. Quick and simple to read, perfect for the young reader, yet interesting for the adult as well.
  • Messages in bottles were last ditch efforts calling for rescue or desperate goodbyes to loved ones. History has recorded thousands of bottles, but are they all real? Ric Mixter investigates and adds new information to famous and unknown messages on the ocean and the Great Lakes. Ric Mixter is an award-winning historian and lecturer, who has created over 100 video productions, two books and numerous magazine articles on shipwreck and lighthouses.
  • In Deadly Voyage-The S.S. Daniel J. Morrell Tragedy, Mr. Kantar takes his reader through a tale that is, in turns, harrowing, tragic, frustrating, uplifting, suspenseful and ultimately, historically important.  This book would be a great addition to any Great Lakes maritime book collection.  Soft cover with 108 pages.
  • Out of the Blue Productions takes an in-depth look at the history of the Great Storm of 1913. In all of the Great Lakes, 12 ships were lost with all hands, while at least 58 others were stranded and damaged. This DVD includes underwater of footage of wrecks including the Regina, Price and Wexford.
  • Canadian author, Elle Andra-Warner, tells of the most famous Great Lakes shipwreck and masterfully weaves in the lore and history of the men who sail these unsalted seas.  Soft cover, 120 pages.
  • There have been countless gales since man first ventured onto the Great Lakes and these are the worst! Learn of Lake Superior’s most tragic storms in the early 1900’s, DVD extras include, interactive wreck sites, bonus history of whale back freighters and Dennis Hale’s survival story from the Daniel J. Morrell. 
  • Ghosts of the Shipwreck Coast is richly illustrated with the virtuoso skill of world-class maritime artists. This soft cover book elaborates on the art and science behind the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society's ground-breaking, Michigan Department of Transportation  sponsored, underwater documentation of five of Lake Superior's most historic shipwreck sites:  Vienna, John M. Osborn, Samuel Mather, John B. Cowle and Comet.
  • Maritime historian and author, Fred Stonehouse, writes of the baffling mystery related to the sinking of the World War One French Naval minesweepers  Inkermann and Cerisoles.  A total of 78 French sailors and two Great Lakes pilots met their end when the vessels went down somewhere in Lake Superior during a southerly gale.
  • Some of the most famous Lake Superior shipwrecks are featured, sixteen in total, on this 60 minute DVD. Hosted by Ric Mixter, producer of “Final Run” and “Safe Ashore”.
  • This is one of our most popular books in our gift shop.  Great Lakes Shipwrecks & Survivals is a spellbinding book that tells the stories of the most spectacular shipwrecks and incredible survivals in the history of the Great Lakes.  Chilling watercolor illustrations, photographs, maps and news clippings accentuate William Ratigan's compelling and dramatic storytelling.  An entire section is dedicated to the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.  Soft cover with 377 pages.
  • Know Your Ships is a field guide to Boats and Boat watching on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway, everything you need to know about the ships that pass our shores.  Soft cover, 200 pages.
  • Lake Superior's Shipwreck Coast book is a survey of maritime accidents from Whitefish Point to Grand Marais, Michigan.  Mr. Stonehouse takes us on a fascinating look at the many shipwreck, life-savers and lighthouses along the shoreline known as, "The Graveyard of the Shipwreck Coast".  Soft cover with 275 pages.
  • The Edmund Fitzgerald, a colossal ore carrier, had been fighting her way through a pounding November storm on Lake Superior when the ship's radar went out and she started to take on water.  Michael Schumacher relates in vivid detail the story of the Edmund Fitzgerald along with the speculation and controversy that followed in the wake of the disaster.  The Mighty Fitz is a comprehensive account of the most legendary shipwreck on America's inland waters.  Soft cover with 235 pages.
  • Many people know of the fabulous deep shipwrecks of Whitefish Point in Lake Superior, but there are many shallow wrecks in less than 50 feet of water.  In this DVD, see artifacts still lying on the bottom where they have been for over 100 years!
  • Dennis Hale has been a survivor his entire life, from the moment of his birth to his reckless days as a teenager hitch-hiking across the country. But nothing could prepare him for his tragic ordeal on the steamship Daniel J. Morrell. The Morrell was ripped in two by gale-force winds, the entire crew was tossed into frigid waters. Dennis and three others made it to a life raft…only to face 30 foot waves and freezing overnight temperatures. The sole survivor persevered two November nights- clad only in a life jacket, pea coat and his underwear. This is his story…
  • In 1914, the crew of a Lake Michigan lighthouse tender ship, The Hyacinth, rescued a Newfoundland-retriever mix puppy from the water and named him Sport.  In this hardcover, award-winning children's book, Sport recounts the documented escapades of the dog who became a recognizable mascot of the lake.  Sport's adventures teach readers about life on America's inland seas and share the story of how lighthouse tender ships helped keep the Great Lakes safe.  Dimensions of the book are: 11 1/4" x 9 1/2" x 1/2"
  • Storm Warriors-Heroes of the Shipwreck Coast.  This DVD tells of the men and women of the Shipwreck Coast that were on constant watch from the late 1800s to the 1940s.  Their life-saving deeds have been largely unheralded and many of their stories lost.
  • SUNKEN is a book for the young and young at heart.  Enter a world of underwater history and mystery to see what lies beneath Lake Superior through the eyes of a child.  Everyone will enjoy the discovery of some of the most incredible true stories of the SUNKEN Shipwrecks of Lake Superior.
  • Here is Ric Mixter's newest book, Tattletale Sounds-The Edmund Fitzgerald Investigations.  Join Ric and learn more about one of the most famous shipwrecks on the Great Lakes.  Ric writes about actual conversations, controversies and shows us many unreleased photographs.
  • Join Ric Mixter as he plunges into the mystery of the most famous shipwreck on the Great Lakes.  See exclusive interviews, construction footage and the major expedition, visiting the wreck site.


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