Last summer members of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society discovered a schooner loaded full of lumber, sitting on the bottom of Lake Superior. This was one of the missing fleet lost during a killer storm in 1914, a gale that not only took 28 lives- but forced the nation's largest lumber dealer to sell off his remaining vessels. Ric Mixter was recently featured on National Geographic for the team's newest discovery, and his history lesson includes footage of the two discovered ships and their role in Upper Michigan's lumber era.
Ric Mixter Bio
With dozens of appearances in two countries and three states last year, Ric Mixter is certainly one of the busiest maritime speakers, rumored to be the most requested historian on the Great Lakes. Visiting museums, libraries, schools and his live music concert “STORM”, thousands of audience members get a new appreciation for our unique inland-sea history through his spellbinding lectures.
Millions of television viewers recognize Ric Mixter as a shipwreck researcher, diving over 100 shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, including the Edmund Fitzgerald. He has produced over 30 programs for PBS and the Outdoor Channel, and appeared as a shipwreck expert on the History and Discovery Channels. He leads the pack when it comes to sharing our unique underwater resources with the general public, and thousands of dive show patrons and countless school kids know him as the energetic story teller who uses video like no other presenter can. His stories appear in books, magazines and in radio and TV news programs. Mixter’s YouTube videos have over a million views, covering shipwrecks in four of the Great Lakes and adventures in several foreign lands.
Ric served as SCUBA cameraman on underwater expeditions to the Great Lakes largest shipwrecks, the Edmund Fitzgerald and Carl D. Bradley. He has interviewed dozens of shipwreck survivors over the past 15 years, including two from the 1913 Storm, two from the 1940 Armistice Day Storm and survivors from the largest shipwrecks in lakes Michigan, Huron and Erie. Today he runs his own production company, Airworthy Productions. He’s been Emmy nominated and has taken several awards including the Addy, Aurora, Michigan Association of Broadcasters Best Use of Medium, AP, UPI and was the 2007 Vescio award winner for a video on mental health advocacy. With over 20 years of stories on historical preservation, Ric was awarded the 2009 Award for Historic Interpretation by the Association for Great Lakes Maritime Historians. In 2011 he was elected to their board of directors. Ric is also on the board of directors for the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association, elected to serve as their president starting in January of 2016. Ric has hosted the largest dive show in Ontario and also MC’d the midwest’s largest show in Chicago. He is a frequent speaker at Ghost Ships in Milwaukee and Michigan’s largest show “Great Lakes Shipwrecks”.
Ric is also a pilot- flying not only single engine planes, but also has flight time in several military jets. These include the US Air Force’s Thunderbird F-16 Falcon, and over 100 hours of camera work in the B-52 Stratofortress. He’s flown in the Goodyear Blimp and countless biplanes and aerobatic aircraft and has also jumped several times from over 12,000 feet as a skydiver. Ric also adept to filming in helicopters, from flying over the jungles of Honduras with the Army, to being lowered in a rescue basket into Lake Huron by the Coast Guard.
Sunken Treasure 2012
Offshore Outposts 2011
Cement Boat 2009
Bombs Away 2008
Cutter Rescues 2006
Final Run: Storms of the Century 2005
Safe Ashore: The 1940 Armistice Day Storm 2004
Great Lakes In Depth (26 episodes on PBS and the Outdoor Channel) 2000-2001
Deep Six: Titanics of the Great Lakes 1998
The Edmund Fitzgerald Investigations 1997
Expedition ’94 to the Edmund Fitzgerald 1995
Best Adventure Yet 1993
Books & Periodicals
“The Wheelsmen” 300 page book reprinted 2015
“Nordmeer” Michigan History Magazine 2015
“McDougal’s Dream” Michigan History Magazine 2013
“Bombs Away” Winter 2011
“Shipwrecks of Saginaw Bay” Michigan History Magazine July 2014
“Voices of the Lakes” article in book 1993