|Photo by Lynn Funkhouser
Kohl and Joan Forsberg, well-known maritime historians,
scuba divers, authors, lecturers, and photographers, are a husband-and-wife team who love to explore shipwrecks, particularly
those in the the Great Lakes. They both have certificates in Underwater Archaeology from England's Nautical Archaeology
Society, and they have given more than 1,200 shipwreck presentations to a wide variety of audiences in both the United States
a degree in History and has been the Chairman of the "Shipwrecks and our Maritime Heritage" Room at Chicago's
annual Our World--Underwater Show since 1996. She is the author of the scuba celebrity cook-and-tell book, Diver's Guide to the Kitchen, and articles in magazines such as Immersed, Great Lakes Boating,
and Wreck Diving (for which she works as Copy Editor). Joan
appears behind the camera shooting underwater video, and in front of the camera as Cris' underwater model. She served
three terms as President of the Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago, for which she spearheaded several significant
shipwreck projects. In 2010, Joan was inducted into the International Women Divers Hall of Fame.
Cris, a prize-winning underwater photographer with
a Master's Degree in History, is also a Past President of the Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago and has written
eleven books and more than 300 magazine and newsletter articles about Great Lakes shipwrecks. He has appeared on numerous
television programs, including on the History Channel several times and on the Discovery Channel. He has helped locate
and identify several shipwrecks. He is the 2008 recipient of the Our World--Underwater Achievement Award. His most recent
book is the expanded The Great Lakes Diving Guide, the most
comprehensive book ever published about Great Lakes shipwrecks.
Cris and Joan recently co-authored the book, Shipwrecks
at Death's Door, edited and produced the book, Our World -- Underwater, The First
40 Years, scripted, narrated, and produced nine commercial DVDs, and are currently working on another shipwreck book
and DVD collaboration.
World -- Underwater, The First 40 Years, is available at the Our World -- Underwater web site, www.ourworldunderwater.com.
Above: Cris and Joan at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
Below: Exploring Whitefish Point, Michigan. Photo by Darryl Ertel.
Cris' earlier books, now out of print, are:
Dive Southwestern Ontario! (1985; revised and enlarged edition
1988; both softcovers)
Shipwreck Tales of the St. Clair River (to 1900) (1987; hardcover edition; softcover edition published in 1993)
Dive Ontario! The Complete Guide to Shipwrecks and Scuba
in Ontario (1900; revised and enlarged in 1995;
both hardcover editions)
Dive Ontario Two! More Ontario Shipwreck Stories (1994 hardcover)
Sorry, we do not have any of these early books for sale. But they are sometimes available at www.Bookfinder.com under both "Cris Kohl" and the incorrect spelling
Seawolf Communications, Inc.,
In the USA: P.O. Box
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In CANADA: 200-3388 Sandwich St., Windsor, ON N9C 1B1