Great Lakes Shipwrecks & Survivals
Book 1. Lost in Lake Michigan -- 1. Full many a midnight ship -- 2. Stage setting for sudden death -- 3. Letters of doom -- 4. Headed for the bottom -- 5. Broken in half -- 6. Night watch and sea hunt -- 7. Story of two survivors -- 8. Last words -- 9. Flying Dutchmen on Lake Michigan -- 10. Good-bye Lady Elgin -- 11. No miracled phoenix -- 12. Sit down, you're rocking the boat -- 13. Skinny dips and sunken treasures -- Book 2. Lost off Lake Huron's shore -- 1. Summertime and the living -- 2. Ghosts in Georgian Bay -- 3. Wonders of the deep -- 4. Huron's story of two survivors -- 5. Ship-to-shore spirit -- 6. Death at the wheel -- 7. Strike it rich below -- 8. November 7 to 12, 1913 -- 9. Huron rescues and Flying Dutchmen -- Book 3. Gone with the Erie winds -- 1. Lake Erie takes a bow -- 2. Real battle of Lake Erie -- 3. Over the falls -- 4. Smoke on the water -- 5. Explosion and fire -- 6. Death and treasure -- 7. Charting courses by shipwrecks -- 8. Introducing herself in person -- 9. Collision in the fog -- 10. Messages in bottles -- 11. Black Friday -- 12. Dead reckoning by modern disasters -- 13. Hail, Erie, and farewell -- Book 4. Doomed on Lake Superior -- 1. Pretty tall water here -- 2. Look out below! -- 3. Down with their boots on -- 4. Solitary survivals and one exception -- 5. Wild cliffs and frozen beaches -- 6. Navigating under northern lights -- 7. Sailed away on Superior -- 8. November, 1905 -- Book 5. Sunset fires on Lake Ontario -- 1. The shirttail-cousin lake -- 2. Middle of the rainbow -- 4. [sic] Wonders of the deep -- 4. Red skies and glowing water -- Book 6. The wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald -- 1. Queen of the Inland Seas -- 2. Last trip of the season -- 3. A day like the Bradley went down -- 4. Brink of eternity -- 5. Desperate search for survivors -- 6. No winter layover -- 7. Nothing is ever sure -- 8. In the wake of the wreck -- 9. Theories about the Fitzgerald shipwreck -- 10. Boad of Inquiry -- 11. Farewell, Edmund Fitzgerald -- The long ships growing longer -- "Operation Taconite" : full calendar navigation -- Index.
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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.
My father was a journalist - writer, and a very good one at that. I had a lot to live up to if I was going to even attempt to write a book. It meant a lot to me to write the best possible book that I could in order to make him proud, and pass on as much helpful information to people as possible.
I finally self published mine in 2009. It's 300 pages of text. It has many of my life experiences woven into it. It surprised me how much of your life you share when you write a book. Some of it is very personal, and you don't know the person on the other side finding out all these things about your life. So I have a new found appreciation of what writers must go through. It gives you a whole new perspective when you're the writer and not the reader!