Derek Grout began writing freelance magazine articles in the 1980s, dealing with shipwrecks and dive sites in northeastern Canada and the United States. His first book, Empress of Ireland: The Story of an Edwardian Liner, was published in England in 2001 and received praise on both sides of the Atlantic. It was nominated for the McAuslan First Book Prize by the Quebec Writers’ Federation in 2002.
A native of Montreal, Derek worked in the field of international telecommunications for many years and holds an MBA from McGill University. In 1977 he discovered the historically important schooner Water Witch in Lake Champlain, an intact wreck from 1866.