Photographer and author Christopher Winters will put "wind in the rigging" at the
Society's Annual Meeting and Founders' Auction Jan 27 when he describes the building
of the Denis Sullivan
and the rebirth of Discovery World.
Chris is the staff photographer at Discovery World museum and, as he says, has been
the "official unofficial" photographer of Wisconsin's tall flagship sailing vessel, the Denis Sullivan
, for nearly 25 years. He is the recipient of the 2017 Great Lakes Historian of the
Photo Courtesy of Christopher Winters
Christopher Winters, photographer for Discovery World.
Year award from the Marine Historical Society of Detroit.
The Annual Meeting and Founders' Auction will be held Saturday, Jan. 27, at the South
Shore Yacht Club, 2300 E. Nock St., Milwaukee. Doors open at 5 p.m. when silent
bidding on auction items begins. The auction raises money to help sustain the Society's
work to make maritime history available to the public. Members and others are
encouraged to donate items and services for auction.
Dinner is at 7 p.m., followed by a brief annual report and the featured speaker. Dinner
menu and ticket price will be announced later.
Chris' recent book, Schooner Days, The Story of Wisconsin's Flagship and the Rebirth of Discovery World
, was co-authored with Frank L. Steeves, who led the development
of the Denis Sullivan
and was co-chairman with philanthropist Michael Cudahy of the
new Discovery World maritime museum and education center at Milwaukee's Pier
Wisconsin. The pier is the homeport of the ship.
Launched in 2000, the vessel was the first tall ship built in Wisconsin in over one
hundred years, according to the book. Its design reflects that of the schooner Moonlight
Built in 1874, it was captained by Denis Sullivan
, the book reports. The Moonlight
in Lake Superior off Ashland County during a storm in 1903.
Captivated at a young age with the legends and stories of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Chris became interested in shipwreck diving and a life-long student of Great Lakes
maritime history. He is a member of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society and
an associate member of the International Shipmaster's Association.
The Steamship Historical Society of America presented Chris with the C. Bradford
Mitchell award in 2010 for his book, Centennial, Steaming Through the American Century
, which documents life aboard the Great Lakes steamboat
SS St. Marys Challenger
as she approached the 100th anniversary of her 1906 maiden voyage.
With Bruce Lynn, Chris co-authored The Legend Lives On SS Edmund Fitzgerald
account of the wreck of the ore carrier. The freighter sank in 1975 in Lake Superior.
Please call (414) 286-3074 with any questions.