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Wreck of the Carl D (Excerpt)

Wreck of the Carl D (Excerpt)

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On November 18, 1958, a 623-foot limestone carrier—caught in one of the most violent storms in Lake Michigan history—broke in two and sank in less than five minutes. Author Michael Schumacher reconstructs the terrible accident, perilous search, and chilling aftermath for the small Michigan town so intimately affected by the tragedy.
On November 18, 1958, a 623-foot limestone carrier—caught in one of the most violent storms in Lake Michigan history—broke in two and sank in less than five minutes. Author Michael Schumacher reconstructs the terrible accident, perilous search, and chilling aftermath for the small Michigan town so intimately affected by the tragedy.

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Published by: Indiana University Press on Nov 17, 2010
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 Wreck o the
Carl D
A Tru Str fLss, Survval, anRscu at Sa
 
CONTENTS
Prologue
xi
 Wreck of the
Carl D.
1
Epilogue
181
The Crew of the
Carl D. Bradley 
195
 Appendix
197
Glossary 
225
Bibliography 
229
 Acknowledgments
235
Index
239
 
THE THIRTY-FIVE MEN ON BOARD THE
CARL D. BRADLEY 
HAVE NO way ofknowing that their ship, at one time the largest vessel on the GreatLakes and the flagship ofthe Bradley Transportation Company fleet, will beplunging to the bottom ofLake Michigan in halfan hour. As far as anyoneon the 638-foot limestone carrier can tell, the
 Bradley 
is sailing as smoothly as can be expected, given the late-autumn storm that’s been lashing thelake and intensifying by the hour.It’s 5:00
P
.
M
., Tuesday, November 18, 1958. The
 Bradley 
has been out onthe lake all day, edging its way northward along the Wisconsin coastline. Itsdestination: Rogers City, Michigan. According to the planned course, theboat will continue up the coast until it reaches the top ofLake Michigan. It will then turn east, move along the northern shore oflower Michigan, slipthrough the Straits ofMackinac and into Lake Huron, and eventually arriveat the Port ofCalcite in the wee hours ofthe morning—later than originally projected, but not all that bad, given the circumstances.Dusk has settled over the lake, and it will be totally dark very soon.Thick, dark clouds hang low overhead, offering a strong hint ofrain or,maybe later, when temperatures fall, snow. The wind has picked up sub-stantially over the past hour, and the sound it makes, as it screams throughthe
 Bradley 
’s wires and railings, is deafening. Sea spray assaults anyone who happens to be on deck. Huge waves roll up under the ship, twisting itand lifting it in sections. The men on board the
 Bradley 
take note ofall this,but they’re not concerned. They’ve been in storms before, and they’ll deal with this one. The ship is laboring, but it’s working exactly as it’s been de-signed to do.

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