"Great Lake Warriors" is a reality docu-series that airs on the History Channel.

The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead when the skies of November turn gloomy. In the heart of America, on a deadly inland sea that has claimed as many as 6000 vessels and 30,000 lives, a way of life exists that few ever witness. Men who breathe diesel fumes and watch every step they take on shifting decks. Men who battle the elements, wrestle with runaway vessels, fight fatigue and sometimes risk all in the struggle to make a living.

They are tugboat men, sailors in constant combat with the deadly storms and hazards of the Great Lakes — men who work against the clock, fighting thick ice forming in every direction under treacherous winter conditions — winds whip so fierce it could knock an entire crew off deck in the blink of an eye. The series will dive into the lives of the tough crews who call 94,000 square miles of wild blue water home.

The lakes continue to be a thriving industrial highway that delivers nearly 200 million tons of cargo to the heart of America. But for the months leading up to the dead of winter, only a few courageous men dare to brave these turbulent waters, where winds can hit 70 miles an hour, and waves over 30 feet high.

For some, the tug business is the family heritage. For others, it's a lifelong dream. But for all of the "Great Lake Warriors," it's a life-on-the-line mission to get the job done and make it back home alive.

The cast includes Captain John Selvick, Capt. Ted Long, Capt. Mike Ojard, Patrick Ojard, Capt. Gerry Dawson and Capt. Stan Dawson.

Filming was done on Lake Michigan, including Calumet Harbor, Illinois; Gary and Burns Harbors, Indiana; Milwaukee, Oak Creek, Sturgeon Bay, and Marinette, Wisconsin; and on Lake Superior, including Duluth-Superior Harbor and Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada.

"Great Lake Warriors" was produced for History by Towers Productions, LLC and Compass Point Productions, LLC. Executive producers are Jonathan Towers, Jim Campbell, George Houde and Marty Bernstein. Joseph Boyle is the show runner and co-executive producer. Executive roducer for History is Matthew Ginsburg.


Network: History Channel
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: July 19, 2012
Seasons: 1
Production Companies:
Towers Productions, LLC
Compass Point Productions, LLC

'Great Lake Warriors' Battle the Elements — Premiering Thursday, July 19, the new History Channel reality series follows tugboat men — sailors in constant combat with the deadly storms and hazards of the Great Lakes. Read more...

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