Tony has been diving since 1977 and is a certified PADI Divemaster. He is the president of Silent World Information Masters, Inc. He is presently on the Maritime board and Divemaster of Dossins Museum in Detroit, Michigan. His images have taken best in show and first place in photo contests throughout the United States, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Mexico. His images have been included in Skin Diver Magazine, Dive Boat Calendar & Travel magazine, Michigan Living magazine, Great Lakes Diving magazine, Michigan Underwater Preserve pamphlets, advertising catalogs, Nikon Calendar and music CD covers. In 2011 and 2012 he recorded two half hour programs for “Every Thing Great Lakes” and “So Far, Safari” on CMNTV.
He adds about 90 dives per year to his log book of over 1,700 shipwreck dives. His main interest is photography, researching and diving shipwreck schooners and brigs.
Tragedy Strikes in Seven Minutes ‘Loss of the Steamer Fred McBrier’
The 161 foot Steamer Fred McBrier was built in 1881 in West Bay City, MI. On the night of October 3, 1890 the down bound Fred McBrier with a load of iron ore and towing the barges A. Stewart and J.B. Lozen was squarely hit amidships by the up bound larger steamer Progress. Both steamers misunderstood signals as they passed that night. The McBrier went down in just seven minutes, approximately 10 miles west from old Mackinaw point in Lake Michigan.
Join Tony Gramer and crew as they explore the remains of this beautiful shipwreck.