Strange and Unusual Shipwrecks on the Great Lakes

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Avery Color Studios, Jan 1, 2007 - Great Lakes Region (North America) - 201 pages
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As Great Lakes shipwreck books go, this one is interesting. As the author points out, the book includes not only accounts of ships lost in the lakes, but also ships that suffered from boneheaded mistakes --in the author's words: "What were they thinking?" Kadar has chapters about several of the "important" mishaps, such as the "Eastland," the "Sachem," and the "Our Son" rescue. There are also accounts of the collisions with the bridges at Allanburg, Ontario and Houghton, and Saginaw Michigan, as well as a couple of Soo Locks mishaps.
Sometimes the author tries to make more of the story than there really is. For instance, when I see the chapter title "German Submarine in the Great Lakes!" (complete with exclamation point), I expect it to be more than just a story about a captured u-boat left over from World War I, that the Navy was exhibiting to sell Victory Bonds.
One feature that I appreciated a lot: on the first page of each chapter, there was a small silhouette map of the Great Lakes, showing the location of the shipwreck to be discussed. This was a great help to me, to know instantly whether to set my mind in Chicago, the Soo Locks, Georgian Bay, or wherever, as I started to read the chapter.
I'm afraid that the editing of the book is somewhat sloppy. I know any book will have a few typos, but the books I've read from Avery Color Studios seem especially bad in this respect. In addition to the missing or incorrect puntuation and misspellings, there is actual misinformation that should have been caught. To give just one example, on Page 107, in the chapter about the Ann Arbor #4 car ferry, there is a photo of the ship on its side, in which it is identified as the "Pere Marquette 4." Sorry--wrong railroad--and the editors should have caught errors like that. I'm a native of Michigan, and I take my Michigan connections seriously. So when I see an Avery book bearing the motto "Proudly Printed in Michigan, U. S. A." and full of such atrocious editing, it makes me want to go hide my head in the sand.


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