was sidelined with an injury in 2002...I came home and I've had
some medical concerns that have kept me from sailing since then."
after beginning his career on the big ships, Frisk got the idea
to create a travel log of the various ports he visited on his
voyages and report on the restaurants and other amenities there.
Shortly thereafter, he met up with recent Baker College graduate
Charlie Glaze, who convinced him to turn his idea into a Web site.
Frisk's experience and Glaze's Web site-building expertise, the
two soon had an informative Web site on their hands.
the owner of CJC Grafix
in Marysville. He's an extremely talented artist," Frisk
Frisk's site, www.greatlakesphotos.com, began gaining worldwide
notoriety, including a Detroit Free Press award as one of the
top 40 sites in Michigan in July 2002.
is research on there you can't believe. One woman sent me a note
from England who said she used to live in the states and she's
sorry her husband found the site because she can't get him away
from the computer room now," Frisk said.
the site's name implies, there are thousands of photographs archived
on the site as well as links to Web cameras pointed at various
busy locks and canals."
of them are my photos from the ships when I was on shore leave
at different stops on the lakes, some are from my home in Marysville.
We did a grain trip on the Alton Hoyt from Superior, Wisconsin,
to Buffalo, New York. Another stop is Grand Haven, where the Coast
Guard festival is held every year. There's one page that's all
live Web cams from all over, including the Panama and Suez canals.
There's a link where you can watch boats going through the Soo
locks in Sault St. Marie," Frisk said.
much of the site's content came from Frisk's camera, he attributes
the success of the site in large part to its design and graphic
elements, for which Glaze gets the credit.
gets a copy of Front Page 98 and thinks they're a Web designer.
Charlie does all this from his own talent. He punches the numbers
in himself. I don't know anything about that. I'm a photographer
and a cook," Frisk said.
added he never dreamed of running an award-winning Web site dedicated
to his love of the lakes. Instead, his plan was to retire as a
cook for the Interlake Steamship Company.
being sidelined with an injury, Frisk said he still maintains
contact with many of the people he met while working on the lakes
and once he completes his physical therapy, he intends to take
some of them up on an offer to ride along on one of their runs.
whole desire on the lakes was to become a permanent second cook
and stay out there my whole 15 years and retire. I had no idea
the notoriety we'd achieve through this site," Frisk said.
really miss being out on the lakes right now, I've gotten a lot
of invites from captains and engineers to come on a ride once
I'm done with my physical therapy. You better believe it (that
I'll accept the offers), partner."
is also a member of the International Ship Masters Association
Lodge 2 out of Port Huron, which he says has been in continuous
operation for 116 years as the second oldest lodge of the ISMA.
first was in Buffalo, New York," Frisk said.
"Freighter" Frank Frisk at his Web site at www.greatlakesphotos.com.