Speaking Dates

Upcoming Presentations:

11/19/19 – Charlevoix Public Library – Charlevoix, MI. Time: 7:00 p.m. Topic: “Mysteries of the Manitou Passage”

11/23/19 – Bay Area Divers Shipwrecks and Scuba 2019 – Sandusky OH. Time: TBA. Topic: “Mysteries of the Manitou Passage”

1/23/20 – Romeo District Library – Romeo, MI. Time: 6:00 p.m. Topic: “Manitou Mysteries”

3/25/20 – Michigan Maritime Museum – South Haven, MI. Time: 6:30 p.m. Topic: “Exploring Shipwrecks and Lighthouses in Northern Lake Michigan”

5/7/20 – Northfield Township Area Library – Whitmore Lake, MI. Time 6:30 p.m. Topic: “Manitou Mysteries”


Author and shipwreck hunter Ross Richardson is available as a guest speaker for your organization. Enjoy the unique blend of history and technology by scheduling a presentation for your patrons today. For more information or to schedule an author presentation and book signing, fill out the “Presentation Inquiry” form below.

Presentations currently available:

“Manitou Mysteries”:

Journey to Northern Lake Michigan, just off the shores of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  Between the Manitou Islands and the mainland is a fleet of shipwrecked ghost-ships, just waiting to be found!  Learn their stories and explore a newly found mystery schooner thought to be one of the most intact shipwrecks on the planet.

“Exploring Shipwrecks and Lighthouses in Northern Lake Michigan”:
Explore the largest lighthouse in the Great Lakes, as well as the rich history of the Beaver Passage, including newly discovered shipwrecks.

“Still Missing, Michigan’s Mysterious Disappearances”:
Based on one of the most talked about books in Michigan Region. Learn more about the Michigan region’s missing planes, ships and people.

“The Search for the Westmoreland, Lake Michigan’s Treasure Shipwreck”:
A classic Michigan shipwreck story filled with treasure, whiskey and some of the best underwater shipwreck footage ever shown publicly.



Past Speaking Events   
LocationTownDateProgram
AGLMH ConferenceTraverse City, MISeptember 7, 2019The Search for the Westmoreland
Benton Harbor District LibraryBenton Harbor, MIJuly 10, 2019Still Missing, Michigan's Mysterious Disappearances
South Haven Memorial LibrarySouth Haven, MIJuly 10, 2019Exploring Shipwrecks and Lighthouses in Northern Lake Michigan
Richland Community LibraryRichland, MIJune 27, 2019Exploring Shipwrecks and Lighthouses in Northern Lake Michigan
Galesburg-Charleston District LibraryGalesburg, MIJune 26, 2019Still Missing, Michigan's Mysterious Disappearances
St. Claire County LibraryPort Huron, MIMarch 7, 2019Exploring Shipwrecks and Lighthouses in Northern Lake Michigan
Charlevoix Public LibraryCharlevoix, MINovember 20, 2018Exploring Shipwrecks and Lighthouses in Northern Lake Michigan
Kalkaska County LibraryKalkaska, MINovember 7, 2018Exploring Shipwrecks and Lighthouses in Northern Lake Michigan
Bullard Sanford Memorial LibraryVassar, MIOctober 30, 2018Michigan Mysteries, Halloween Edition!
New Community ChurchGrand Rapids, MIOctober 17, 2018Exploring Shipwrecks and Lighthouses in Northern Lake Michigan
Mackinaw Area Public LibraryMackinaw, MIOctober 3, 2018The Search for the Westmoreland
Leelanau Writers SeriesNorthport, MIJuly 24, 2018Still Missing, Michigan's Mysterious Disappearances
Benzie Writers SeriesBeulah, MIJune 27, 2018Still Missing, Michigan's Mysterious Disappearances
Caro Area District LibraryCaro, MIMarch 24, 2018Still Missing, Michigan's Mysterious Disappearances
GM Retiree Club of Northern MichiganEastport, MIOctober 5, 2017The Search for the Westmoreland
Grand Rapids Historical SocietyGrand Rapids, MISeptember 14, 2017The Search for the Westmoreland
Camp Arcadia, MIArcadia, MIAugust 28, 2017The Search for the Westmoreland
Elk Rapids District LibraryElk Rapids, MIMay 4, 2017The Search for the Westmoreland
Rochester Hills Public LibraryRochester Hills, MIFebruary 9, 2017Skillagalee: Shipwreck Graveyard
Peninsula Community LibraryOld Mission, MIJanuary 26, 2017Still Missing, Michigan's Mysterious Disappearances
Allegan County Historical SocietyOtsego, MIOctober 19, 2016Skillagalee: Shipwreck Graveyard
Grosse Point Public LibraryGrosse Point, MIAugust 13, 2016Still Missing, Michigan's Mysterious Disappearances
S.S. City of Milwaukee Carferry MuseumManistee, MIJuly 14, 2016The Search for the Westmoreland
CDCC Women's AuxilliaryFrankfort, MIJanuary 30, 2016Shipwrecks of Benzie County
Wisconsin Marine Historical SocietyMilwaukee, WIDecember 12, 2015The Search for the Westmoreland
Battle Creek BooksBattle Creek, MINovember 21, 2015Still Missing, Michigan's Mysterious Disappearances
Shipwrecks and ScubaHuron, OHNovember 16, 2015Skillagalee: Shipwreck Graveyard
Ann Arbor District LibraryAnn Arbor, MINovember 3, 2015Still Missing, Michigan's Mysterious Disappearances
Benzonia Public LibraryBenzonia, MIOctober 22, 2015Still Missing, Michigan's Mysterious Disappearances
Charlevoix Public LibraryCharlevoix, MIOctober 15, 2015Skillagalee: Shipwreck Graveyard
Howard Branch LibraryNiles, MIAugust 7, 2015Skillagalee: Shipwreck Graveyard
Lenawee District LibraryAdrian, MIJuly 22, 2015Still Missing, Michigan's Mysterious Disappearances
Great Lakes Shipwreck MuseumWhitefish PointJuly 16, 2015Skillagalee: Shipwreck Graveyard
Beaver Island Historical SocietyBeaver Island, MIJune 25, 2015Skillagalee: Shipwreck Graveyard
Fowlerville District LibraryFowlerville, MIJune 17, 2015Still Missing, Michigan's Mysterious Disappearances
Little Traverse Historical MuseumPetoskey, MIJune 8, 2015Skillagalee: Shipwreck Graveyard
Fife Lake public LibraryFife Lake, MIJune 4, 2015Still Missing, Michigan's Mysterious Disappearances
Hope VillageAcme, MIJune 3, 2015Still Missing, Michigan's Mysterious Disappearances
Interlochen LibraryInterlochen, MIMay 14, 2015Still Missing, Michigan's Mysterious Disappearances
"The Rock" Youth CenterKingsley, MIMay 3, 2015Still Missing, Michigan's Mysterious Disappearances
Cheyboygan Area Public LibraryCheyboygan, MIApril 26, 2015Skillagalee: Shipwreck Graveyard
Leland Township LibraryLeland, MIApril 17, 2015Skillagalee: Shipwreck Graveyard
Gilmore Car MuseumHickory Corners, MIMarch 14, 2015Skillagalee: Shipwreck Graveyard
Glen Lake LibraryEmpire, MIMarch 7, 2015Still Missing, Michigan's Mysterious Disappearances
Ghost Ships FestivalMilwaukee, WIFebruary 10, 2015Skillagalee: Shipwreck Graveyard
Great Lakes Shipwreck FestivalAnn Arbor, MIDecember 17, 2014Skillagalee: Shipwreck Graveyard
K'zoo Power SquadronBattle Creek, MIJanuary 11, 2015Still Missing, Mysterious Disappearances
Traverse Area District LibraryTraverse City, MIOctober 23, 2014Still Missing, Mysterious Disappearances
Alden DistrictAlden, MIOctober 4, 2014The Search for the Westmoreland
Grand Rapids Public LibraryGrand Rapids, MISeptember 30, 2014Still Missing, Mysterious Michigan Disappearances
Shipwrecks & TechnologySpring Lake, MISeptember 23, 2014Solo
Spring Lake Public LibrarySpring Lake, MISeptember 20, 2014Still Missing, Mysterious Unsolved Disappearances
Grand Rapids Home for VeteransGrand Rapids, MIJune 1, 2014Still Missing, Mysterious Unsolved Disappearances
Michigan Schooner FestivalTraverse City, MIMay 27, 2014Shipwrecked Schooners of the Manitou Passage
Benzie County Historical SocietyPoint Betsie, MIApril 22, 2014The Search for the Westmoreland
Hackley Public LibraryMuskegon, MIJanuary 14, 2014The Search for the Westmoreland
Traverse City History CenterTraverse City, MIOctober 15, 2013The Search for the Westmoreland
Inland Seas Education CenterSuttons BayJuly 30, 2013The Search for the Westmoreland
Charlevoix Public LibraryCharlevoix, MIJuly 25, 2013The Search for the Westmoreland
Leelanau Township LibraryNorthport, MIJuly 24, 2013The Search for the Westmoreland
Peninsula Community LibraryTraverse City, MIJune 11, 2013The Search for the Westmoreland
Delta Township District LibraryLansing, MIJune 10, 2013The Search for the Westmoreland
Inland Seas Education CenterSuttons Bay, MIJune 6, 2013Shipwrecks of Sleeping Bear Point
The Village at Bay RidgeTraverse city, MIApril 26, 2013The Search for the Westmoreland
Surrey Township Public LibraryFarwell, MIApril 4, 2013Shipwrecks of Sleeping Bear Point
Veterans Home of Grand RapidsGrand Rapids, MI3/29-31/2013Shipwrecks of Sleeping Bear Point
Albion District LibraryAlbion, MIMarch 16, 2013The Search for the Westmoreland
Milwaukee Underwater Film FestivalMilwaukee, MIMarch 14, 2013The Search for the Westmoreland
ScubafestColumbus, OHMarch 2, 2013The Search for the Westmoreland
Benzie Area Historical MuseumBenzonia, MI2/15-17/2013The Search for the Westmoreland
Great Lakes Shipwreck FestivalAnn Arbor, MIFebruary 12, 2013Michigan Mysteries
Our World UnderwaterChicago, ILFebruary 8, 2013The Search for the Westmoreland
Kalamazoo Power SquadronBattle Creek, MIJanuary 31, 2013The Search for the Westmoreland
International Shipmasters' Conv.Traverse City, MIDecember 13, 2012The Search for the Westmoreland
Troy Historic VillageTroy, MINovember 15, 2012The Search for the Westmoreland
Huntington Woods Public LibraryHuntington Woods, MIOctober 20, 2012The Search for the Westmoreland
Grand Rapids Public LibraryGrand Rapids, MIOctober 13, 2012The Search for the Westmoreland
Shipwrecks & TechnologyMuskegon, MISeptember 27, 2012Michigan Mysteries
Empire Area MuseumEmpire, MIAugust 29, 2012The steamboat "Rescue"
Surrey Township Public LibraryFarwell, MIAugust 25, 2012Shipwrecks of Sleeping Bear Point
UASCChicago, ILJuly 28, 2012The Search for the Westmoreland
Book Launch Party! Garden TheaterFrankfort, MIJuly 20, 2012The Search for the Westmoreland
Iosco County Historical SocietyIosco, MIJuly 18, 2012The Search for the Westmoreland
Beaver Island Historical SocietyBeaver Island, MIJune 28, 2012The Search for the Westmoreland
Benzie Shores LibraryFrankfort, MIApril 21, 2012Shipwrecks of Sleeping Bear Point
Leelanau Historical SocietyLeland, MIApril 19, 2012The Search for the Westmoreland
Dossin Great Lakes MuseumDetroit, MIApril 14, 2012The Search for the Westmoreland
Allegan Historical SocietyAllegan, MIApril 4, 2012The Search for the Westmoreland
Ghost Ships FestivalMilwaukee, WIFebruary 25, 2012Shipwrecks of Sleeping Bear Point
Kalkaska County LibraryKalkaska, MIFebruary 16, 2012Shipwrecks of Sleeping Bear Point
Ford Sea HorsesAnn Arbor, MIFebruary 13, 2012Shipwrecks of Sleeping Bear Point
Interlochen LibraryInterlochen, MIJanuary 26, 2012Shipwrecks of Sleeping Bear Point
Grace Episcopal Church Traverse City, MIJanuary 20, 2012The Search for the Westmoreland
Interlochen LibraryInterlochen, MIJanuary 3, 2012The Search for the Westmoreland
Grand Rapids Home for VeteransGrand Rapids, MIDecember 17, 2011The Search for the Westmoreland
Northern MI RailRoad ClubTraverse CityDecember 2, 2011The Search for the Westmoreland
Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore HQEmpire MI, November 16, 2011Shipwrecks of Sleeping Bear Point
Empire Historical SocietyEmpire, MIOctober 29, 2011The Search for the Westmoreland
Benzie Shores LibraryFrankfort, MIOctober 29, 2011The Search for the Westmoreland
Muskegon Maritime MuseumMuskegon, MIApril 16, 2011Shipwrecks of Sleeping Bear Point
Muskegon Maritime MuseumMuskegon, MIApril 15, 2011The Search for the Westmoreland
Histories and MysteriesHolland, MIMarch 17, 2011The Search for the Westmoreland
Great Lakes Shipwreck MuseumSault St. Marie, MIMarch 6, 2011The Search for the Westmoreland
Michigan Treasure Hunters ClubPlainwell, MIMarch 5, 2011The Search for the Westmoreland
Ghost Ships Festival,Milwaukee, WI January 19, 2011The Search for the Westmoreland
Ford Sea Horses Ann Arbor, MINovember 28, 2010The Search for the Westmoreland
Traverse City Public LibraryTraverse City, MINovember 10, 2010The Search for the Westmoreland
Michigan Maritime MuseumSouth Haven, MIOctober 16, 2010The Search for the Westmoreland
Spring Lake Public LibrarySpring Lake, MIThe Search for the Westmoreland
GTBUP annual DinnerTraverse City, MIThe Search for the Westmoreland