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"Sky Pilot Of The Great Lakes" depicts the Great Lakes Maritime History while telling the exciting and little known story about Reverend William H. Law.

Lake Huron Life Saving Service

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Sky Pilot Of The Great Lakes

By John Kotzian 

Reverend William H. Law visited every Lighthouse and Life-Saving station on the Great Lakes and more in the early days of the twentieth century. After he was rescued by a U.S. Life-Saving Service crew on Lake Huron in 1900, Law dedicated his life’s work to serving the men and women stationed at Light and Life-Saving stations throughout the United States. 

Whether it was bringing his “Floating Library” to stations located on the Great Lakes, regular correspondence with the crews of stations far too remote for a personal visit, or his relentless pursuit of Congress to approve a bill to provide better pay and pensions, Reverend Law became a fast friend to those serving in the Lighthouse and Life-Saving services. 

It's interesting to note that “Sky Pilot” was sailors’ slang for a chaplain. To the men and women he served, Reverend Law was lovingly known as “The Sky Pilot of the Great Lakes.”  This is also a good source for the Great Lakes maritime history.

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About The Author ...

John Kotzian

John Kotzian was born in Rogers City, Michigan located on the shore of Lake Huron and raised some 30 miles away in Hillman, Michigan. He is the great-great grandson of the "Sky Pilot of the Great Lakes", Reverend William H. Law.

His passion for the Great Lakes and its history grew from the Great Lakes maritime history stories handed down through both sides of his family. Stories about Reverend Law's travels and about relatives lost in the sinking of the S.S. Carl D. Bradley. 

John currently resides with his wife Kimberly in Brooklyn, MI. John can be contacted through his website at

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Book Genre: Historical Non-Fiction / Great Lakes Maritime History


 Sky Pilot of the Great Lakes

Great Lakes Maritime History

Paperback Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Avery Color Studios; First Edition edition (April 24, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892384698
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892384690
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces

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