Welcome! My new book, "Through Surf and
Storm: Shipwrecks of Muskegon County, Michigan,"
is now available!
As the second in a series of books chronicling shipwrecks along the eastern shore
of Lake Michigan, this is a follow up to my 2010
release, "For Those In Peril: Shipwrecks of
Ottawa County, Michigan."
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For Those In Peril
is 136 pages, soft-cover and priced at $17.95.
Through Surf and Storm
is 144 pages, soft-cover and priced at $17.95.
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what others are saying about
and Storm Shipwrecks of Muskegon County,
"This book is a
fascinating journey through the maritime heritage of Muskegon
Lakeshore Museum Center, Muskegon, MI
"In this, his second work
chronicling shipwrecks along the western coast of Michigan,
Craig Rich has repeated the success of his first.
Through Surf and Storm
abundance of detail on the maritime history of Muskegon County
in a readable style and with great human interest. Fans of
the lore of the Great Lakes will want to add this volume to
- Robert Vande Vusse, Director, Fennville District Library,
riveting stories of schooners and steamers gone missing, Craig
Rich weaves a fabric of local life during the age of sail and
steam in Muskegon County; a period that established the region
as a prospering business center." - Valerie van
Heest, author of Unsolved Mysteries: The Shipwreck Thomas
Hume and other maritime books
has done it again with his diligent research into a variety of
rich resources, attention to detail and concise descriptions of
the maritime mishaps and tragedies that occurred on Muskegon
County shoreline, rivers and inland lakes from the very earliest
incidents to modern day discoveries. This book belongs on the
bookshelf of every serious maritime researcher and enthusiast."
- Geoffrey Reynolds, Director Joint Archives of
ISBN: 978-09801750-4-2, 144
what others are saying about
For Those in peril:
Shipwrecks of Ottawa County Michigan:
Rich has done a great job of exploring and recreating
for us the dreadful shipping accidents around historic
Ottawa County. Their stories will captivate western
Michigan residents, historians, and divers alike. For
Those in Peril is a wonderful resource!"
Patrick Labadie, Historian, Thunder Bay National Marine
Sanctuary, Alpena, MI
Those In Peril: Shipwrecks of Ottawa County" is an important addition to any
Great Lakes maritime book collection. Craig Rich chronicles the exciting rescues
and devastating losses of over a hundred vessels decade by decade from the 1850s
through the modern era in what is the most comprehensive tally ever compiled for
Geoffrey Reynolds, Executive Director, Joint Archives of Holland
"This book has appeal for and makes important
contributions to several areas of interest. For those
interested in local or state history, it has the rare
combination of being filled with detailed information
and great human interest. Craig’s style takes what could
easily be a dry database and breathes life into it. For
those interested in Great Lakes maritime history, it
provides a highly readable, geographically focused look
at the progression of marine practice and technology.
For the recreational diver, it is a great resource on
potential dive sites. I highly recommend it."
Bob Vande Vusse, Director, Fennville District Library,
Meet the author
Craig Rich is a veteran Great Lakes master scuba diver who began diving at
age sixteen after taking lessons through the local YMCA. He is a certified
Master Diver through Scuba Schools Intl. with specialties in Wreck
Diving, Search & Recovery, Stress & Rescue, Dry Suit Diving, and Enriched
Air Nitrox diving. He began researching shipwrecks in the late 1980s and
actively diving them in 1988. Since then, he has completed 500 dives, mostly
on Great Lakes shipwrecks.
He joined the Southwest Michigan Underwater Preserve Committee in 1996,
helping to see that organization through to official state designation as
Michigan’s tenth underwater preserve in 1999. With fellow SWMUP members
Valerie van Heest and Jack van Heest, and new member Geoffrey Reynolds, he
co-founded Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates in 2001. In addition to
his shipwreck research for the organization, he designed the MSRA web site
and serves as the webmaster. A regular speaker before local and regional
groups, libraries, museums, and historical societies, he also is a frequent
guest on local radio talk shows on the topics of diving and shipwrecks. He
has provided professional narration and voice work for a number of MSRA’s
documentary films and for radio and TV commercials.
He and his father started radio station WZND in
Zeeland, Michigan, in 1971 and ran the radio station as a family business
until the end of 1986. At WZND, he was the morning deejay, news director,
and program director. He has been an advertising consultant for the
Business Journal since 1987. From 1982
until 2009, Rich also served as an elected city council member in Holland,
Michigan, including twenty years as Holland’s mayor pro tem. He also serves
as president of the nonprofit Rich Family Association.
Craig holds a business management degree from Davenport
College. He has been married to the former Vickie Lynn Nyhof
since 1975. They have two daughters, Allison and Catherine.
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