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Behind The Scenes Of 'Great Lake Warriors'


No captain in his right mind would wish for bad weather before leaving port.

But an executive producer for a television show about tug operations on the Great Lakes looks at things a bit differently.

That's the situation George Houde found himself in last winter while shooting "Great Lake Warriors," an eight-installment series that ran on the History Channel last summer.

Houde says their biggest problem on the production was not having enough bad weather during the shooting phase.

Houde's own Compass Point Productions came up with the idea for the show and sold it to the History Channel.

The central figure in the series was Door County's John Selvick, who died last September. Houde says the thing that struck him the most about Selvick was his "dogged determination."

Houde says he's hopeful the show not only shares the story of the Great Lakes tugs but brings people a greater appreciation of the lakes themselves.

"We have these inland seas that are beautiful and filled with all kinds of life," says Houde. "They're kind of these treasures and we just wanted to get the world to see that." 

Note: Houde was originally scheduled to give a talk about his experiences Thursday evening at the Door County Maritime Museum but the presentation has been postponed due to poor travel conditions. The talk has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m.


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