Historical Research

Transport, Military, Maritime, and Aviation History

Eric Wiberg is a historian, researcher, ghost-writer and author of over 45 non-fiction books. With over 40 years experience in maritime, aviation, military history, Eric helps research and piece together the backstories of people, places and things. Eric can be a tremendous resource if you are interested in any of the following:

  • history of items you or your family have owned (e.g. boats)
  • history of items you are about to buy (e.g. buildings, boats)
  • due diligence (who really owns what)
  • military careers of ancestors and historical figures
  • historical images of people, places, and things

If you can lead the list of targets, Eric will be able to produce results, or in a timely manner let you know when leads are exhausted. Examples of recent finds include:

  • a 1980s racing yacht (New England)
  • the lid of a WWII-era ammunition box from a crashed plane
  • an intact lightbulb from a navigation panel on a WWII bomber
  • evidence of a Royal Navy ship wrecked in 1840s
  • graves for Axis & Allied servicemen
  • photos of a WWII merchant ship
  • relatives of RAF servicemen's families (South Africa, New Zealand, Australia)
  • located missing RAF files being rebound in a warehouse in the UK
  • serial #s of aircraft being shipped to South Africa which were sunk by U-boat
  • and many more!

Eric has an extensive network of databases, historians, and fellow sleuths globally,  and has worked with the national archives of Bahamas, Bermuda, USA, Germany, Norway, Australia, and many others.

Research rate: USD $50/hour

If you are interested in uncovering the past, or in a historical writer for hire, contact Eric Wiberg today!

Biography

Born on Manhattan in 1970, Eric Tröels Wiberg is a citizen of Sweden and the US. The author of over 40 books on maritime, aviation and World War II history, he has published nearly 1,000 articles, addressed 60 audiences internationally, and appeared on film, TV, radio, and podcasts a dozen times for audiences in Spain, France, Norway, Bahamas, and the US. During 2022 his teams found ten WWII aircraft in Bahamas. In 2019 US Congress used his research to issue medals to ten US Navy aviators for sinking German U-boat U-84. He has found the graves of Norwegian, American, German, Italian, and Bahamian war dead and donated research to several national archives.

Eric patented a way to reduce drag behind trucks, and helped establish a test for the principal of uberimmae fidei in Reliance v. Hanover. He has founded companies in yacht delivery (24 years), publishing (14), research (MAR), recruiting, real estate, and trucking. He is licensed as a 100-ton captain since 1995, and in maritime law since 2005. Eric holds degrees or certificates from six institutions in the US, UK, and Portugal; BA, MA, JD, and in film. He left the Bahamas at 13 for boarding schools in New England, enrolling at Boston College in 1989. Hired at age 18 to race to Bermuda, he sailed as mate from Antigua to Europe to attend Oxford for the BC Honors Program in 1991. After self-publishing five collections of writing, he sailed from Panama to New Zealand, becoming captain in Galapagos of a 68’ wooden sailboat in 1994.

In 1995 Eric moved to Singapore for three years to commercially operate a fleet of tanker ships. There he dealt with the loss of four crew in separate incidents, from explosions to groundings, suicide, hijack, rocket and knife attacks. He returned to Newport to write off-season and deliver yachts to and from the Caribbean, with incidents including falling overboard in a storm, and losing a classic yacht to fire and sinking. After his fourth round-world trip, he accepted the Roger Williams School of Law Scholarship, concurrently earning a Masters in Marine Affairs degree from URI.

Eric’s travel mileage exceeds one million; 25% of them on the Earth’s surface. He has been aboard some 500 vessels to 250 islands, operated 120 vessels over 75,000 miles, and sailed to or from Bermuda over 30 times. He has crossed two oceans, been attacked by sharks in Atlantic and Polynesian islands, and malnourished.

Married in 2004, Eric became a father in 2007, after joining a board recruiting firm in Greenwich CT. Following the 2008 financial crash, he held maritime jobs in Baltimore, Manhattan, and Bahamas. In 2009 Eric began writing the first of a trilogy of history books on German U-boats. In 2010 he joined Norwegian shipping media leader Tradewinds, and from 2013 was marketing manager for McAllister Towing in Manhattan, his home until 2019.

Eric lives and writes in Boston, actively documenting the working waterfront as a captain, ship visitor and observer. His 4-million words in four languages are cited in 50 publications. During the pandemic, Eric completed 25 non-fiction books in 25 months. In 2023 he spent 30 days voyaging 1,200 miles through the Bahamas to locate six aircraft wrecks from World War II and 1930.

Titles published by Island Books, 2009 -

1. 2009 Tanker Disasters thesis
2. 2009 Published Writing (Vol. III) journalism
3. 2009 Juvenilia, Teen Books & Travel Writing creative
4. 2010 Round the World in the Wrong Season memoir
5. 2017 Swan Sinks history/WWII
6. 2017 Published Writing, 1976-2017 (Vol. IV) journalism
7. 2018 Album, Vol 1 (private) photography
8. 2018 Album, Vol 2 (private) photography
9. 2018 Album, Vol 3 (private) photography
10. 2018 Album, Vol 4 (private) photography
11. 2018 Album, Vol 5 (private) photography
12. 2018 Album, Vol 6 (private) photography
13. 2018 Album, Vol 7 (private) photography
14. 2018 Åke Wiberg (with Mats Larsson) genealogy
15. 2018 Napoleon's Battles (with Felix Wiberg) children’s
16. 2019 Drift (with Paolo Pilladi) film script
17. 2019 Diaries 1984 – 2019 (private) journals
18. 2020 Boston Harbor photography
19. 2020 Sea Stories drama
20. 2020 Scars memoir
21. 2020 Bahamas in World War II history
22. 2020 Travel Diaries, 1985-1995 travel
23. 2021 First Fifty in Fifty autobiography
24. 2021 Published Writing, 1976-2021 (Vol. V) journalism
25. 2021 Mailboats of the Bahamas history/maritime
26. 2021 Yacht Voyages sport
27. 2021 An Island’s History in Postcards (client) history
28. 2021 Drifting to the Duchess (completed) history/WWII
29. 2021 Surviving St. George's (completed) memoir
30. 2021 Tankers East of Suez (completed) memoir
31. 2022 Ghost-Written Memoir, Asia (client) biography
32. 2023 Family History (client) genealogy
33. 2023 Warplanes Lost & Found history/aviation

Agency, Publicist & Publishers

Agent: Alan Morell (since 2012)

Title: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Firm: The Creative Management Agency Creative Management Partners LLC

Cities: Nantucket, Beverly Hills-New York-London-Toronto 

Website: www.creativemanagementpartners.com 

Email: amorell@creativemanagementpartners.com

Phone: 508-292-7900

Prior Clients: Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Pope John Paul II

Publicist: Meryl Moss Media, Westport, CT (2016-2017), http://merylmossmedia.com

Publishers: Fonthill Media (UK; 2 titles), Bricktower Press (NYC, 1 title), Island Books (Boston, 18+)

Travels

Countries & Islands Travelled to on Six Continents
1970-2023

COUNTRIES (86):

Continents (6; only missing Antarctica) North America (multiple times 1970-) South America (7 times 1993-) Europe (multiple times 1978-) Asia (multiple times 1994-) Africa (1 time, 1992) Australia (3 times 1989-)

North America (18) USA (45 states, HI, PR, USVI), s, w Canada (6 states), s, w Bahamas (most inhabited islands), s, w Antigua, s St. Martin, DWI & FWI, s, w Anguilla, s, w Dominican Republic Turks & Caicos, s Bermuda (x32+), s, w British Virgin Islands, s, w St. Eustatius, DWI, w Guadeloupe, FWI Trinidad & Tobago (both), s Grenada Barbados, w Dominica, w Martinique, w St. Lucia, w, Cayman I.

South & Central America (8) Panama, s, w Ecuador, (Galapagos), s, w Venezuela, w Mexico (E, W, Guadalajara) Belize, w, Nicaragua (transit) Costa Rica (transit) El Salvador (transit)

East Africa (5) Kenya, w Tanzania, s, w Zanzibar, s, w Malawi Zambia (transit)

Europe (27) Sweden, s, w Norway, w Finland, w USSR (1987), w Yugoslavia (1991) East Germany (1991), w West Germany (1991), w England & Scotland, s, w Ireland (southern), s Czechoslovakia (1991) Denmark, w Netherlands, w Belgium, s, w Luxembourg (transit) France, s Italy, w The Vatican Greece, w Portugal, w Spain Turkey, w Switzerland Iceland (transit), Channel Islands, s Monaco (transit) Austria (transit) Azores Islands, s, w

Asia (11) Singapore, s, w Malaysia (Sarawak, Borneo), s, w Vietnam (N & S, 1998), s, w Indonesia, s, w India, w Andaman & Nicobar Islands, s, w Hong Kong, SARC (transit) Taiwan (transit) Japan (transit) Thailand, w, South Korea (transit)

South Pacific (7) Kingdom of Tonga, s, w Marquesas Islands, s Tahiti, Moorea, Tetiaroa, s, w Cook Islands, s, w New Zealand (N, S, Stewart islands), s, w Australia, (6 states) s, w Fiji

KEY: s = sailed while there w = waterborne while there

ISLANDS (236)

Bahamas (68):

North Bimini, Cat Island, North Eleuthera, South Eleuthera, Spanish Wells, Harbour Island, Jacob’s Island, Man Island, Current Island, Grand Bahama, Big Harbour Cay, Mayaguana, Schooner Cays, Great Inagua, Ragged Island, Rum Cay, San Salvador, New Providence, Rose Island, Balmoral Island (North Cay), Long Cay, Crystal Cay, Arawak  Cay, Hog (Paradise) Island, Athol Island, Salt Cay, Green Cay (Rose Island), Potter’s Cay, Great Abaco, Little Abaco, Elbow Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Moore’s Island, Acklins Island, Hogsty Reef, Crooked Island, Castle Island, Fortune Island (Long Cay), Fish Cay, North Cay, Great Harbour Cay, Chub Cay, Whale Cay, Bird Cay, Bonds Cay, Ship Channel Cay, Highborne Cay, Staniel Cay, Norman’s Cay, Shroud Cay, Halls Pond Cay, Sampson Cay, Great Exuma, Little Sampson Cay, Overyonder Cay, Little Exuma, Great Guana Cay, Mangrove Cay, Man-O-War Cay, Cistern Cay, Little Major, Big Major, Royal Island, Great Ragged Island, Raccoon Cay, Long Island, Elizabeth Island, Crab Cay

Turks & Caicos Islands (4):

Salt Cay, Big Sand Cay, Grand Turk, Providenciales

Canada (3):

Cape Breton, Vancouver Island, St. Helen’s Island

Australia & New Zealand (6):

Stewart Island, North Island, South Island, Pohuenui (New Zealand), Rottnest Island (Western Australia), Dunk Island (Queensland)

USA (20):

Long Island, Ellis Island, Liberty Island, Governor’s Island, Staten Island, Manhattan, Roosevelt Island, Randall’s Island, Ward’s Island, City Island, Jones Beach Island, Fire Island, Shelter Island, Long Beach Island, North Haven (NY), Alcatraz Island, Miami Beach, Dodge Island, Palm Beach, Amelia Island

New England (31):

Spectacle Island, Long Island, George’s Island (Boston), Uncatena Island, Naushon Island, Cuttyhunk Island, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Penikese Islands, Chappaquiddick Island, West Island (Sakonnet), (Massachusetts), Planting Island, Swans Island, Mount Desert Island, Islesboro, Swans Island (Maine), Beals Island, Vincent Island, Sheffield Island, Grassy Island (Norwalk), Fishers Island, Block Island, Aquidneck Island, Goat Island, Rose Island, Conanicut, Dyer Island, Coasters Harbor Island, Gooseberry Island (Rhode Island), Cranberry Island, Little Cranberry Island

Caribbean & Bermuda (23):

Antigua, St. Martin, Anguilla, Hispaniola, Bermuda, Saba, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Trinidad, Tobago Island, Grenada, Barbados, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Thomas, Jost Van Dyke, Frenchman’s Cay, Beef Island, Marina Cay, Tortola, Puerto Rico, Cayman Islands, Cozumel

Pacific (17):

Taboga Island (Panama), Isla Floreana, Islote Caamano, Isla Santa Cruz, Isla de San Cristobal, Isla Lobos, (Galapagos, Ecuador), Tonga’Tapu, Pangaimotu Island (Kingdom of Tonga), Nuku Hiva (Marquesas Islands), Mataiva Atoll, Tahiti, Tahiti-Iti, Moorea, Tetiaroa (French Polynesia), Rarotonga (Cook Islands), O’ahu, Fiji

Asia (27):

Singapore Island, Sentosa, St. John Island, Sister’s Islands, Lazarus Island, Kusu Island, Seringat Island, Jurong Island, Pulau Ubin (Republic of Singapore), Borneo (Sarawak), Tioman Island, Pulau Rawa (Malaysia), Batam Island, Bintan Island (Riau Archipelago), Java (Indonesia), Hon Vung Chua (Halong Bay Vietnam) Andaman Islands, Nicobar Islands (India), Taiwan, Honshu Island (Japan), Phucket, Ko Samui, Tup Island, Ko Po Da Nock (Krabi), Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Phi Phi (Thailand)

Europe (46):

Heligoland (Germany), Great Britain, Isle of Wight, St. Mary’s (Isles of Scilly), Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney (Channel Islands) (UK), Sandon, Telegrafholmen, Lokholmen, Gotland, Landsort, Herrhamra, Valon, Dalaro, Lidingo, Sodermalm (Sweden) Aland (Finland), Kotlin Island (USSR), Andros, Aegina, Hydra, Poros, Corfu, Agistri (Greece), Faial, Sao Jorge, Terceira, Pico islands, (Azores, Portugal), Iceland, Ile Ratonneau, Iles du Frioul, Ile de la Cite, Ile St.-Louis, Ouessant (France), Ireland, Rossmore Island, Brackross Island (Ireland), Skye (Scotland), Sjaelland, Falster, Fehmarn, Lolland, Funen Island (Denmark), Monkholmen, Askoy Island (Norway)

East Africa (1): Zanzibar (Tanzania)

Totals: 236 Islands Visited to 2023

Continents (6): All except Antarctica

North America (1970-2023), South America (7X, 1993-2022), Europe (1978-2018), Asia (1994-2001), Africa (1992), Australia (3X, 1989-1996)

Countries Visited, 1970-2023 (75)

North America (19)

Including:  USA; 45 states, HI, PR, & USVI, Canada; 6 states, Caribbean

South & Central America (8)

Panama, Ecuador, Venezuela, Mexico, Belize, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador

East Africa (4)

Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia

Europe (27)

Sweden, Norway, Finland, USSR, Yugoslavia, East Germany, West Germany, England, Scotland, Ireland, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Italy, The Vatican, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Switzerland Iceland, Monaco, Austria, Channel Islands

Asia (10)

Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, South Korea

South Pacific (6)

Kingdom of Tonga, French Polynesia, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia; 6 states