Wreck of the Carl D.A True Story of Loss, Survival, and Rescue at Sea
On the night of November 18, 1958, the Bradley, a 623-foot limestone carrier, was torn apart during one of the most violent storms in Lake Michigan history, sinking in less than five minutes. Only four members of the crew survived the wreck, two of whom died battling thirty-foot-high waves that night, while the other two barely survived the freezing cold water. News of the Bradley shocked the residents of Rogers City, Michigan, a hard-scrabble town of 3,800 and home to most of the ship's crew. Rogers City was dependent on the Bradley, and the ship's loss nearly crippled the town. In Wreck of the Carl D., Michael Schumacher reconstructs, in dramatic detail, the tragic accident, the perilous search and rescue mission, and the chilling aftermath for the small Michigan town that many of the victim's families called home. Publishing on the 50th anniversary of the wreck, Schumacher's dramatic follow up to Mighty Fitz is a wonderful addition to the literature of the Great Lakes and maritime history.
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