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This was my father's last book. Growing up I remember seeing an oar, and other debris from the Carl D. Bradley shipwreck displayed around the house. The significance of them really never dawned on me. Then later when the Edmund Fitzgerald shipwrecked, that story was later added to the book. When the song about it was written and sung by Gordon Lightfoot, he actually came over to our house and sang the song for my mom and dad as he played my grandmothers piano. I could just barely see the pride and joy he was feeling watching this. I had no idea how fortunate I was at the time to experience that. And I was never really able to appreciate what a great writer he was until I matured more as an adult.