The extent to which Great Lakes shipbuilding and seafaring heritage has contributed to our prosperity as a region cannot be over-estimated. By the turn of the century, Great Lakes shipyards had created a fleet of vessels trading in every port on the Lakes. Remy Champt is very much a part of this exciting tradition, combining the talents of a master illustrator with a deep appreciation of maritime history. After studying art in Belgium, Remy chose to pursue a career on the water. He sailed around the world, and in 1980 he immigrated to Michigan, joining family already in Northern Michigan. His sailing career on the Great Lakes includes classic freighters and tugs. Champt has also served on many of upper Lake Michigan's modern-day schooners, and he holds a Master's ticket. Today he sails and works out of Traverse City, Michigan. Champt's renderings of classic Great Lakes commercial boats provide him with the opportunity to marry his talents, knowledge, skills, and love of maritime history. With his meticulous attention to detail, he is able to authentically document these fascinating vessels. His unique style of clear, precise drawing and skills as a master illustrator make each rendering a legacy in itself -- an artifact from the Great Lakes' unique maritime history.
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