Most of his long career as a maritime historian, Fred has stuck to the facts in the tales of shipwrecks, lighthouses and the Life-Saving Service. But among his more than 30 books are the perennially popular stories of hauntings around the Great Lakes in his Haunted Great Lakes series.
Fred teaches maritime history at Northern Michigan University in his adopted home of Marquette, Michigan, where he also serves on the City Commission and has been its mayor. He has consulted for the U.S. National Park Service and Parks Canada and has been an “on-air” expert for National Geographic, History Channel and Fox Family, and many regional media productions.
He’s received many awards for contributions to Great Lakes maritime history from such organizations as Underwater Canada, Our World Underwater, Marquette Maritime Museum and Marquette County Historical Society, the Association for Great Lakes Maritime, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society and Lake Superior Magazine. In addition he was named the Marine Historical Society of Detroit’s “2007 Historian of the Year” and a Northern Michigan University’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014.