White Hurricane: A Great Lakes November Gale and America's Deadliest Maritime Disaster

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International Marine/McGraw-Hill, 2002 - Science - 250 pages
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In early November 1913, not quite 19 months after the loss of the Titanic in midatlantic, an autumn gale descended on the Great Lakes. Gales of November - like the one that sank the Edmund Fitzgerald in the 1970s - are a fact of life for Great Lakes mariners, but this one was anything but ordinary. Meteorologists now believe that a blast of cold polar air met a warm, moist air mass entrained in a low-pressure cell moving up from the Gulf of Mexico through the U.S. heartland, and the result was a violent weather bomb and the worst recorded storm in Great Lakes history. The storm lasted four days, with sustained winds as high as 75 miles per hour, freezing temperatures, white-out blizzard conditions, and mountainous seas. Though the U.S. Department of Agriculture's weather bureau (forerunner of the U.S. Weather Bureau) issued storm warnings on Friday morning, November 7, the warnings contained no hint of anything more than 50-mile-per-hour winds for Friday and Saturday. Most ships were making their final trips of the season; their captains knew that as autumn turned to winter the weather would only get worse, and then the lakes would freeze. Across the Great Lakes, hundreds of sh

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David G. Brown is a nationally recognized boating writer who contributes regularly to Offshore, Boating World, Motorboating, and other magazines. He is the author of six books, most recently The Last Log of the Titanic. A lifelong Great Lakes sailor and commercial vessel operator, he lives of the shore of Lake Erie.

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